More people get their history from public sites than from books. It's vital that we academics respect and stay in dialogue with cultural institutions like museums and historic preservation groups. I've done architectural and landscape surveys for the North Carolina Historic Preservation Office, the Center for Historic Architecture and Design at the University of Delaware, and the Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service. I spent a summer restoring stone walls on a medieval castle in Provence. I've taken photos, cared for collections, and mounted exhibitions at The Textile Museum in DC and the National Building Museum, and served as Interim Executive Director of the Historic Elfreth's Alley Association.

I've given talks to museum professionals, secondary school educators, the general public, and—most daunting of all—my children’s elementary school classes. I love giving talks outside the academy, at places like Historic Deerfield, Mount Vernon, the David Library of the American Revolution, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the NEH Summer Workshop, “Teaching Benjamin Franklin.”

I support public history because preserving our past is critical to informing our present and enriching our future. 

For a calendar of upcoming and past speaking engagements, please visit my Events Page.


Banner image: Dream Book Party! Complete with crackling fireplace, candlelight, and the ghosts of Huguenot silk weaving families past. At Dennis Severs' House, Spitalfields, London, January 2017.