PreserveCast
Restoring Historic Places One Brick at a Time

Restoring Historic Places One Brick at a Time

June 27, 2022

Today’s episode of PreserveCast returns to the United Kingdom to open a conversation with Colin and Dan Richards of CJR Heritage, a company that has spanned continents and worked with princes to save priceless heritage. From Transylvania to the Great Wall of China, we’re talking with two of England’s most accomplished tradespeople about the future of historic trades.

The History of Juneteenth with Dr. Dennis Doster

The History of Juneteenth with Dr. Dennis Doster

June 20, 2022

In 2021 - 158 years after the first Juneteenth - the celebration became a federal holiday, changing the understanding of awareness of the holiday for millions of Americans. On this week’s PreserveCast, we’re talking with Dr. Dennis Doster, who runs the Black History Program for the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation about what the designation means and how Juneteenth fits into the broader American story. 

Dennis A. Doster, Ph.D. is the director of the M-NCPPC Black History Program. Dr. Doster has close to 15 years of experience in the field of Public History. He has worked for the National Archives, the Johns Hopkins University, and the Alexandria Black History Museum. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor in African American Studies, History, and Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, University College.

Learn more at: https://www.pgparks.com/1378/Black-History

Crabbing with Luke McFadden: The History and Future of Maryland’s Watermen

Crabbing with Luke McFadden: The History and Future of Maryland’s Watermen

June 13, 2022

On this week’s PreserveCast, we’re setting a course for the Chesapeake Bay with first-generation Maryland crabber Luke McFadden. Luke’s story is anything but typical – from beginning crabbing at age 12 to developing a social media following to help build a brand – but his atypical approach to crabbing might just be what the industry needs at this challenging moment. We’re talking with Luke about the beautiful swimmers, maintaining crab boats, and how his can-do approach may just help sustain Maryland’s iconic watermen heritage.

This Day In History: D-Day Land, a Conflict Between Tourism & Respect

This Day In History: D-Day Land, a Conflict Between Tourism & Respect

June 6, 2022

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: The D-Day landings were the biggest invasion by sea in history. The landings took place on June 6, 1944 after five years of war with Germany. On this episode of PreserveCast, we spoke with a Normandy-based preservation organization opposed to the creation of a D-Day land.

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With every year that passes, the D-Day landings move further and further from memory to history – and how we protect, remember and honor those bloody beaches becomes a conflict between tourism and respect. Today’s guests are part of a Normandy-based preservation organization opposed to the creation of a D-Day land – a cross between heritage and entertainment that has riled up the normally quiet bocage country. 

[RE-RELEASE] Civil War Photo Sleuth

[RE-RELEASE] Civil War Photo Sleuth

May 30, 2022

[HOLIDAY RE-RELEASE] The American Civil War was the first war to be truly photo-documented. The haunting images stare back at us and make the brutal conflict real and humanize the tragedy. Yet, for all of the photos, many of the identities of the individuals captured are now unknown. Today, Civil War Photo Sleuth is using modern-day technology to rediscover the lost identities in American Civil War-era photographs. This new endeavor holds tremendous potential not only to uncover the lost history of the Civil War–but of countless other anonymous photographs. On this week’s PreserveCast, we’re talking artificial intelligence, Civil War history and the future of historical investigations.

Support for this episode of PresesrveCast was provided by the Maryland Humanities’ Voices and Votes Electoral Engagement Program and the “Why it Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Support for this episode of PresesrveCast was provided by the Maryland Humanities’ Voices and Votes Electoral Engagement Program and the “Why it Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Support for this episode of PresesrveCast was provided by the Maryland Humanities’ Voices and Votes Electoral Engagement Program and the “Why it Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The History of Entertainment: A Conversation with Smithsonian Curator Ryan Lintelman

The History of Entertainment: A Conversation with Smithsonian Curator Ryan Lintelman

May 23, 2022

The history of entertainment is a unique and compelling thread in America’s story – one that today’s guest has dedicated his life to studying, collecting, and interpreting. Ryan Lintelman is the Entertainment Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and is putting the finishing touches on a massive new exhibit exploring this aspect of American history. Click your Ruby slippers three times, because we’re not in Kansas anymore on this week’s episode of PreserveCast.

Ryan Lintelman specializes in the history of entertainment as a curator in the division of culture and the arts at the National Museum of American History. He studies and cares for the museum’s collections of historical objects related to theater, television and film, including the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, Phyllis Diller’s joke file, and Jim Henson’s Muppets.

Learn more: https://americanhistory.si.edu/profile/1176

Entertainment Nation: https://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/entertainment-nation

 

 

Tomb With a View: Cemetery History and Preservation with Liz Clappin

Tomb With a View: Cemetery History and Preservation with Liz Clappin

May 16, 2022

On this week’s PreserveCast, we’re sitting down with fellow podcaster Liz Clappin, host of Tomb with a View, to talk about the world of cemetery history and preservation to explore this unique and ever-present resource on America’s landscape. 

Liz is an architectural historian based in Atlanta, GA. She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Rhode Island and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Architectural History. A board member for the Association for Gravestone Studies, since 2019 she has hosted Tomb with a View Podcast focusing on the history and preservation of American cemeteries.

Learn more: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tomb-with-a-view-a-cemetery-podcast/id1479982844

Celebrating Historically: A Conversation with Kate Dear of Fêtewell™

Celebrating Historically: A Conversation with Kate Dear of Fêtewell™

May 9, 2022

Historic places are evocative, authentic, and powerful backdrops for events – and today’s guest has breathed new life into historic places across Maryland – and gained a massive following on social media as a result. We’re talking about celebrating in historic spaces and how to make history pay with Kate Dear of Fêtewell™.

Kate Dear has always had a passion for epic celebrations and historic spaces and wanted to create an authentic venue with easygoing policies when she launched Main Street Ballroom in 2016. As Kate’s business has expanded, her down to earth approach to events has not. Approachable luxury is her mantra and a core value of how Kate and her team operate Fêtewell™’s portfolio of venues.

Fade To Blue: Engaging Communities Through Photography

Fade To Blue: Engaging Communities Through Photography

May 2, 2022

When a building’s fate is settled, what can be done to save its memories? How can a community be engaged and given an opportunity to tell their story about that place? For Cumberland, Maryland-based photographer, Michael Hunter Thompson, the answer is through detailed photography. On this week’s PreserveCast we’re talking about how this photography project engaged thousands and underscored the power of place that preservationists around the nation should think about as they work to rally communities of their own. 

Michael Hunter Thompson is a photographer living in Cumberland, Maryland. He has a BA from Frostburg State University in Graphic Design. Thompson began experimenting with photography in 2011 using layering, texturing, and other manipulation techniques. His style has evolved, now mainly shooting at dusk/nightfall using a more cinematic approach. Thompson’s work has achieved acclaim at the local, state, and national level. He is currently working on a historical preservation photography project of his old high school, which is set to be razed 2022. The project is titled Fade To Blue.

 

Learn more at: http://www.michaelhunterthompson.com/fadetoblue

 

Silent Footsteps: Telling the Story of Servants in England with Alice Rose of Kiplin Hall

Silent Footsteps: Telling the Story of Servants in England with Alice Rose of Kiplin Hall

April 25, 2022

In life the servants and staff of Kiplin Hall moved through the house silently undertaking their duties. We see traces of them in the historical record through things like accounts ledgers and diary entries. Then and today, they are shadows, without whom Kiplin Hall could not have existed and thrived. On this week’s episode of PreserveCast, we’re talking with Alice Rose, Programming Curator and Project Officer of Kiplin Hall & Gardens to discuss their latest exhibit which explores the world of servants and how embracing a more inclusive story is building interest in this well-preserved historic home.

Alice Rose is the Programming Curator and Project Officer for Kiplin Hall and Gardens in North Yorkshire, UK. Inspired by a childhood filled with family trips to historic sites, she studied archaeology at university. Through her studies, she realised that she was more interested in objects and their stories rather than digging in the ground. This led her to pursue a career in heritage and museums. Over the last 10 years, Alice has worked in a variety of organisations and roles, from ‘behind-the-scenes’ to front of house, sharing her enthusiasm and passion for the past.

 

Learn more at: https://kiplinhall.co.uk/

 

Previous Kiplin PreserveCast Episodes:

https://www.preservecast.org/2020/12/07/the-uks-kiplin-hall-exploring-the-ancestral-home-of-marylands-most-prominent-colonists-with-director-james-etherington/

https://www.preservecast.org/2021/11/29/british-christmas-james-etherington/

 

 

Exploring the World of James Herriot with Ian Ashton

Exploring the World of James Herriot with Ian Ashton

April 18, 2022

Tucked away in Thirsk, England is the home of one of the 20th centuries most popular authors James Alfred ‘Alf’ Wight who wrote under the now famous pseudonym James Herriot. On today’s PreserveCast, we’re heading back across the pond to talk with Ian Ashton, the Managing Director of the World of James Herriot to talk about interpreting and preserving the life and legacy of this famed 20th century author.

 Ian Ashton, Managing Director of the multi- award-winning World of James Herriot visitor attraction, set up a private company in 2012 to operate the business previously owned by the District Council .The World of James Herriot is now one of the UK’s major attractions and has been voted by Trip Advisor in the Top 10% of best attractions worldwide and has won many accolades in the UK including “Best Small Visitor Attraction in England “ by Visit England.

PreserveCast Conversations Ep. 6: The Professor and the Practitioner

PreserveCast Conversations Ep. 6: The Professor and the Practitioner

April 11, 2022

On this sixth edition of PreserveCast Conversations: The Professor and the Practitioner, an ongoing feature of PreserveCast, co-hosts Nicholas Redding and Dr. Whitney Martinko explore the trends, topics and issues that are making headlines in the world of preservation this month. They’re covering a lot of ground in today’s conversation on preservation and the issues that matter. For regular listeners, also, be sure to send any questions you have about this episode or questions you’d like answered in next month’s conversation to info@presmd.org.

Dr. Whitney Martinko is an associate professor of History at Villanova University, where she teaches classes about the early United States, environmental history and sustainability, and material culture. She also directs the graduate program in public history. She earned her AB in History from Harvard College and her MA and PhD in History from the University of Virginia. She lives in West Philadelphia. Learn more about Martinko and her work at https://www.whitneymartinko.com/

Cutting Into Historic Art with Silhouette Artist Lauren Muney

Cutting Into Historic Art with Silhouette Artist Lauren Muney

April 4, 2022

There is something profoundly satisfying about seeing art produced in front of you – and something mesmerizing about seeing a silhouette cut in mere seconds that captures the look and feel of an individual. Today’s guest is preserving a historic artform passed down through the generations and is helping to tell important and diverse stories with her hands, paper and delicate scissors. On this week’s PreserveCast we’re talking about the history and future of hand cut silhouettes with master artist Lauren Muney.

Lauren has been a professional artist, entertainer, special-event producer, and consultant for over 35 years. Alongside her graphic illustration degree from a leading arts college, her experience with live events of all types ranges across the United States, Canada, Australia, and in Asia and Europe.

 

The Best Jobs in History: A Conversation with Beth Maser and Addison Williams

The Best Jobs in History: A Conversation with Beth Maser and Addison Williams

March 28, 2022

History is a big field made up of a variety of disciplines. Finding the right people to do the job can be tough – but one of the nation’s foremost history firms is working to address that challenge with the launch of bestjobsinhistory.com. We’re talking for-profit history and recruiting the best and brightest with Beth Maser and Addison Williams of History Associates Incorporated.

 

Beth Maser is a recognized senior executive and subject matter expert in knowledge management and brings decades of leadership and digital media expertise from her work in commercial and government markets. As CEO of History Associates, Beth leads the company's growth strategy focused on major industry segments including government, legal, commercial, and associations and nonprofits. Beth and her team are delivering distinct service offerings to clients with expanded capabilities in digitization, culture heritage, litigation research, and advanced uses of technology. Together with her HAI team and strategic partners, Beth helps clients leverage opportunities from historical information and analysis to find creative ways to engage audiences of all types and add value to top and bottom lines.

 

Addison Williams is an Atlanta-based marketing strategist and writer. He works with HAI leadership and external partners to expand the reach of HAI’s brand and messaging across all channels. He’s passionate about the power of digital media to communicate new messages to broader audiences and enjoys creating strategies that bring together a unified experience for web, email, social, and more.

 

Interpreting and Preserving History By Doing It: The World of ALHFAM with Kathy Dickson

Interpreting and Preserving History By Doing It: The World of ALHFAM with Kathy Dickson

March 21, 2022

One of the best ways of learning is by doing – which is exactly what ALHFAM – the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums is dedicated to supporting. In a digital era, working with your hands is becoming an outlet for expression and sustainable action – topics we dive into with Kathy Dickson, the President of ALHFAM, on this week’s PreserveCast.

 

Kathy Dickson is the Director of the Museums and Historic Sites Division with the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) where she oversees operations at 25 museums and historical properties across the state. She has served as the president of the Oklahoma Museums Association and the Mountain-Plains Museums Association, and as a board member for ALHFAM. Kathy served as Co-Chair for the 2018 Annual Meeting. Though born in Idaho, Kathy has been in Oklahoma since age 5 which pretty much makes her a native Oklahoman. Kathy started work at the OHS as a seasonal worker right after graduating from college, and they still haven’t been able to get rid of her.

 

Sustainability, Equity, and Preservation: A Conversation with Dr. Erica Avrami

Sustainability, Equity, and Preservation: A Conversation with Dr. Erica Avrami

March 14, 2022

At its core, historic preservation should be about instrumentalizing heritage, broadly defined, to sustain communities and promote resilience.” That’s the argument Dr. Erica Avrami makes in one of her most recent publications on the legacy of preservation policy and the future of the field – a compelling and timely topic of conversation on this week’s PreserveCast where we’ll dive deep into what the future of preservation may hold.

Erica Avrami, PhD, is the James Marston Fitch Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia GSAPP. A preservationist and planner, Avrami also directs the Urban Heritage, Sustainability, and Social Inclusion initiative, and co-directs the Adapting the Existing Built Environment Earth Network. Avrami challenges students to approach preservation as a process of co-learning and co-creating knowledge, engaging multiple publics and disciplines to investigate complex social-spatial histories and navigate the stories and values ascribed to places. Her research and teaching extend the heritage enterprise beyond a practice focused on sites and building, exploring preservation as a form of public policy that functions across geographic scales and diverse demographics. She interrogates the intentions, processes, and outcomes of preservation in relation to social justice and the climate crisis, and seeks to transition heritage tools and preservation policies toward equity, resilience, and decarbonization.

SPECIAL EDITION: The Cultural Destruction Wrought by Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

SPECIAL EDITION: The Cultural Destruction Wrought by Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

March 9, 2022

Historic preservationists know that our work isn’t just about physically preserving historic buildings, structures, and sites. It’s also about preserving and celebrating the intangible heritage and culture of people and their communities. I would be remiss, and so would this podcast, if we didn't lead by acknowledging the heart-breaking conflict in Ukraine and the value and importance of those intangible pieces of the Ukrainian identity, too. On this special edition of PreserveCast, we’re sitting down with Rachel Rettaliata to discuss what’s at risk as this illegal and unjust invasion drags on.

 

 

Trades Takeover with The Campaign for Historic Trades and former TTAP member Abbey Vander Sluis

Trades Takeover with The Campaign for Historic Trades and former TTAP member Abbey Vander Sluis

March 7, 2022

Join us today for another Trades Takeover! Director of The Campaign for Historic Trades (powered by Preservation Maryland) Natalie Henshaw is joined by Abbey Vander Sluis, former member of NPS' Traditional Trades Advancement Program. 

Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, Abbey Vander Sluis moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology. Abbey originally went to school to become an archaeologist but applied for a myriad of jobs that allowed her to work outdoors, a top priority for her. After finding the Traditional Trades Advancement Program and getting the opportunity to work in a National Park, Abbey became determined to further her career in the National Park Service, finding that preservation was closely tied to archaeology. Abbey currently interns with Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. 

Related: The National Park Service and private industry need tradespeople with specialized skills to preserve and maintain our country’s valuable historic structures, and The Campaign for Historic Trades is working to meet that need. 2022 positions are open for the Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP) and the Historic Stewards Program. The Traditional Trades Advancement Program started in 2018. TTAP members serve in parks across the country. The Historic Stewards Program is a new initiative from the Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC). For this inaugural year, positions are available at the HPTC in Frederick, Maryland, to applicants with prior experience.

For more information, visit:

https://historictrades.org/2022/03/02/now-hiring-historic-trades-internships-with-the-national-park-service/

A Year on the Field: Preserving Agricultural History by Doing with Claus Kropp

A Year on the Field: Preserving Agricultural History by Doing with Claus Kropp

February 28, 2022

Common wheat is one of most important field crops around the world and has been for millennia. In an effort to bring together different museum sites, living history farms, the “Year on the Field” Project seeks to exchange knowledge about common wheat cultivation through the centuries and in different parts of the world. Sites and farms participating in the project will create a valuable database on different regional cultivation traditions, regional seed varieties and traction methods and enable deep networking on an international level, raising awareness and public interest in agriculture, its historical implications for the present and the future of food production.

 

The Future of Post-Industrial Cities with Mac McComas

The Future of Post-Industrial Cities with Mac McComas

February 21, 2022

How cities will survive and thrive post-COVID is a question on a lot of people’s minds. Today’s guest has been thinking about the future of cities since before the pandemic and has continued that work as the world grapples with this latest shock to the system. Mac McComas is the senior program manager of the Johns Hopkins University 21st century cities initiative – an effort aimed at providing cities with up-to-date economic information and analysis to help build a more sustainable future.

Collecting & Preserving the Story of COVID with Dr. Alexandra Lord

Collecting & Preserving the Story of COVID with Dr. Alexandra Lord

February 14, 2022

COVID-19 has changed all of our lives. It is a defining moment for this generation – and for American history – which means that the Smithsonian has made it a priority for collecting and interpreting for future generations. How we will remember this moment is something as a historian I’ve often thought about – and a reason I wanted to sit down with an expert at the Smithsonian who is focused on that very question. On this week’s PreserveCast, we’re sitting down with Dr. Alexandra Lord, the Chair of the Chair Division of Medicine and Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to discuss how that institution is working to capture this moment in history. Dr. Alexandra Lord is an accomplished historian of medicine and health and is a leader in the effort to document COVID – a perfect guest as we approach the two-year anniversary of the onset of the pandemic.

More About Our Guest

Alexandra Lord is chair of the Division of Medicine and Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. In this role, she oversees a division with over 100,000 objects, ranging from a Revolutionary War surgical kit to Bill Nye’s lab coat, and seeks to promote a better understanding of the history of medicine and science. As a historian, Lord’s research interests include public health history, how diseases related to women and children have been understood, and the intersections between cultural taboos and medicine. Previously, she was branch chief of the National Park Service, supervising the national preservation program, and a historian in the US Public Health Service.

Learn more at: https://americanhistory.si.edu/profile/1185

Learn more about the Smithsonian’s COVID collection at: https://www.si.edu/object/collecting-covid-19-pandemic-perspectives%3Ayt_RSv2RMrofMY

Talking Pretzel History with Tim Snyder of Julius Sturgis Pretzels

Talking Pretzel History with Tim Snyder of Julius Sturgis Pretzels

February 7, 2022

Pretzels. Few words are as synonymous with snacking – and they are ubiquitous on tables across the nation, no matter the region. Today’s guest, Tim Snyder, leads one of America’s oldest pretzel brands – where the history of the twisted treat is almost equally as important as the taste. Connecting food and history is a theme this year on PreserveCast, and this is a great place to start with an icon in the food industry.

As a part of our historic foods series – where we’re diving into preserving some of the most iconic foods and brands, we sat down with Tim Snyder, President of the Julius Sturgis Pretzel company, America’s oldest pretzel bakery, based in historic Lititz, Pennsylvania to talk about preserving the history and charting the future of one of America’s favorite snacks.

More About Our Guest

Since 2006, Tim Snynder has been the President and majority owner of the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, based in historic Lititz, Pennsylvania. A former educator, Tim has worked in the food industry for the past four decades representing and selling iconic brands across the region. Tim has also served Lititz on the Town Council  from 1998 to 2005 and as Mayor since 2012.

Learn more at: https://juliussturgis.com/

A Big Slice of History: Pizza, Preservation and Culture

A Big Slice of History: Pizza, Preservation and Culture

January 31, 2022

As a part of our historic foods series – where we’re diving into preserving some of the most iconic foods and brands, we sat down with pizza historian Alexander Hughes to discuss his work chronicling the history of pizza in the United States and Canada and what is being done to preserve this slice of our history. Pizza, history and preservation are three of my favorite things – and it’s rare that they come together under one PreserveCast episode – but that’s what we’ve got in store this week; a topic and conversation made even sweeter by the fact that it is set in my hometown of Buffalo, New York where pizza historian Alexander Hughes conducted much of his research.

Get ready for a big bite of food history on this week’s PreserveCast.

More About Our Guest

Alexander Hughes is a sixth year PhD Candidate in the Department of History at York University.  His soon to be defended dissertation, “Lake Effect Pizza: Pizza Culture and Consumption in Toronto, Ontario and Buffalo, New York 1945-1990” explores the commodification of pizza in two regional cities.  He served as the Curator of the History of Pizza Exhibit at the Canadian Pizza Museum. He has a Masters from Wilfrid Laurier University, where his thesis examined representations of US History in Disneyland Park.  His research interests include postwar Canada and the United States, urban, food, business, and cultural history. 

Learn more at: https://mralexhughes.com/

Trades Takeover with Natalie Henshaw of the Campaign for Historic Trades and Mae Bowley of Re:Purpose Savannah

Trades Takeover with Natalie Henshaw of the Campaign for Historic Trades and Mae Bowley of Re:Purpose Savannah

January 24, 2022

On this episode of PreserveCast, Natalie Henshaw of the Campaign for Historic Trades is talking with Mae Bowley of Re:Purpose Savannah in our first ever trades takeover! Join us as Natalie and Mae discuss all things historic trades.

More About Our Guest

Mae Bowley moved to Savannah in 2015. Out of a desire to learn more about the charming and mysterious city, she started taking classes in Historic Preservation and Restoration at Savannah Technical College. When she encountered Emergent Structures (parent organization of Re:Purpose Savannah) in 2018, she fell in love. She was an avid volunteer for six months, and was then hired on as Assistant Executive Director. In 2019 Mae took over as Executive Director after her predecessor, Scott Crotzer.

[RE-RELEASE] Maryland’s African American History Commission: Leading Preservation Efforts For 50 Years

[RE-RELEASE] Maryland’s African American History Commission: Leading Preservation Efforts For 50 Years

January 17, 2022

Established in 1969, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture is the nation’s first-ever ethnic commission and has a 50-year track record of exploring, researching, commemorating and preserving important places associated with the African American history of the Old Line State. On this week’s PreserveCast, we’re talking with Chanel Compton, the Executive Director of the Commission, about their work and the exciting future of African American preservation in Maryland and beyond.

The Commission is the oldest ethnic commission in the nation and doesn’t just talk about preserving history – it directly invests millions of dollars in brick-and-mortar projects across the state. It’s a Maryland story with national implications and one we had to bring to PreserveCast.

MORE ABOUT OUR GUEST

Chanel Compton is inspired and passionate about her role as Executive Director for the Banneker-Douglass Museum (BDM) and Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC). She also currently serves as Board Chair of the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center and board member to Afro Charities, Maryland Humanities and Future History Now. Compton has been a life-long supporter of museums; stating, “A museum can be such a powerful place. As a young person, it was my initial visit to museums and galleries that opened my eyes and mind to new perspectives, cultures, and history. African American museums are instrumental in inspiring a new generation of leaders and innovators because it is a place of empowerment, of learning, and a place of individual and collective transformation.” As Executive Director of BDM and MCAAHC, Compton is dedicated to serving arts communities and artists in Maryland. She has a home and art studio in Baltimore, Maryland.

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