My Work.

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

Ongoing Projects: Appomattox Court House NHP Administrative History, Antietem NB Administrative History

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, 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.

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.

Active Projects:

  • “Bruce Crawford”, monograph, est. completion Spring 2020