Sheila Brennan

Sheila is the Associate Director of Public Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. 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. Prior to coming to CHNM 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, museums and material culture, popular collecting practices in the U.S., and late-19th and early-20th-century cultural history. She currently is the end user coordinator for Omeka, and has managed many digital projects, including the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank and Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives projects. She has co-authored essays on teaching the history of technology, doing oral history in the digital age, and on the challenges of online collection projects. She has published on made several presentations on museum education, digital history, and online collecting and archiving, and stamp collecting. She blogs at: Lot 49.


Let the Grant Do the Talking

On December 3, 2012 I spent a day talking with a community arts organization, the New Urban Arts Center, that takes a different approach to their arts education and humanities-driven mission than most arts and humanities funders are accustomed to supporting.

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