My Work.

Passel Historical Consultants. Public Historian & Co-owner. 2016 to present.

Ongoing Projects:

    • Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Administrative History
    • Antietem National Battlefield, Administrative History

Other clients include the National Park Service (Antietem NB, Appomattox Court House NHP, C&O Canal NHP, and the National Capital Area), C&O Canal Trust, C&O Canal Association, Heritage Montgomery, and Friends of Green Pastures and Longdale.

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Collections & Technology Manager. April 2018 to present.

My Education.

PhD, Public History, Middle Tennessee State University, 2016

MA, History, West Virginia University, 2012

MS, Statistics, Virginia Tech, 2007

My Projects & Writing.

Federal Projects:

  • “Potomac-Shenandoah Confluence.” Co-authored. Cultural Landscape Report. National Capital Regional Office, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. 2019.
  • “‘Our Only Alma Mater’: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the C&O Canal,” Special Research Project, C&O Canal National Historical Park, 2018.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  • “Defending Person and Reputation: Efforts to End Extralegal Violence in Western Virginia, 1890-1900.” American Journal of Legal History, Vol. 58, no. 2 (2018).
  • “Talk-Back Boards and Text Mining: New Digital Approaches in Museum Visitor Studies.” Current Research in Digital History, Vol. 1 (2018).
  • “On Sport, Public History, and Public Sport History.” Journal of Sport History, Vol. 45, no. 1 (Spring 2018).
  • “‘A Secret Fascination’: Professional Wrestling and Gender Non-Conformity.” In Wrestling with Identity, ed. Aaron Horton (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2018). Co-authored with Elizabeth Catte.
  •  “Clifton Forge and Back Again: Reflections on Sport and Public History,” International Journal of the History of Sport, Vol. 34, no. 5-6 (2017): 340-345.
  •  “The Edith Lett Papers: West Virginia, The Federal Writers’ Project, and the Everyman Writer.” West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies. New Series, Vol. 10, no. 2 (Fall 2016): 111-132.
  • “‘A Good Baseball Club is a Splendid Advertisement for a Town’: Baseball and the New South in Clifton Forge, Virginia.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 124, no. 3 (Fall 2016).

Other Projects:

  • Co-editor, Sport in American History,, 2016-present
  • Co-editor, H-SPORT, 2015-present
  • “The Wendell Smith Papers.” Digital archive and exhibit. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Launched September 2014.


  • This is a Radical Newspaper: Bruce Crawford’s Appalachian Activist Media, West Virginia University Press, est. 2021