Nobody Told Me There Would Be Crocodiles: The Work of Consulting Historians

When one thinks of a historian, what comes to mind? Reviewing documents in dusty archives, writing articles, getting the perfect picture of a wild crocodile as it starts swimming towards you…. wait, what? Join the Alexandria Historical Society for a lecture by consulting historian Scott Vierick, a new member of the organization’s Board of Directors. From performing oral histories, conducting archival research, writing exhibit text, and leading interpretive planning efforts, the work that consulting historians do is vast and varied. Scott’s career has included projects at Arlington House, Everglades National Park, the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Princeton Battlefield, Falling Waters Battlefield, the Virginia Beach History Museums, and the Whitesbog Preservation Trust. Scott’s talk will highlight some of these projects, and how the work of consulting historians fits into the broader field of public history in places like Alexandria.
Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members. You can purchase or renew membership at the door. Free food and drink will be provided.