- Director of Strategic Initiatives
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Sheila Brennan: Sheila is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Research Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History. She manages many current and legacy digital projects at RRCHNM. She completed her Ph.D. in U.S. history at Mason in 2010. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Bates College and Master's from the University of Notre Dame in American Studies.
While at the Center she has worked on the following projects: ECHO, Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives, Mobile for Museums, Another Week | Another Tool , IMLS WebWise Conference, Omeka ,September 11 Digital Archive, ReBuilding the Portfolio, Building a Digital Portfolio Doing Digital History, Histories of the National Mall, A Liberian Journey .
Prior to coming to RRCHNM in 2005, she worked as the Director of Education and Public Programs at the U.S. Navy Museum in Washington, DC for seven years.
Her research interests include public history, digital history, how museums use the web and digital platforms, museums and material culture, popular collecting practices in the U.S., and late-19th and early-20th-century cultural history. She has co-authored essays on teaching the history of technology, doing oral history in the digital age, and on the challenges of online collecting projects. Additionally, two of her essays appear in edited collections published by the Smithsonian Institution Press. She has made several presentations on digital humanities and museums, online collecting, postal history, and topics in public history, as well as given many workshops on using digital tools.
Her dissertation, "Stamping American Memory: Stamp Collecting in the U.S. 1880s-1930s," was awarded the 2010 Moroney Prize for Scholarship in Postal History. In 2012, she was awarded the University of Michigan Press-HASTAC Prize for Digital Humanities to create a new web project, Stamping American Memory, an open peer-reviewed, open access digital book and publication with University of Michigan Press. She blogs at: Lot 49. When not working, she enjoys cooking, eating, and talking about food, and playing outside.