C.V.

ANGELA R. SIRNA

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY: I have eight years experience researching, identifying, documenting, managing, and interpreting cultural resources for local, state, and federal organizations. I enjoy finding creative solutions for Cultural Resource Management challenges.

EDUCATION             Ph.D. in Public History                                                May 2015                                            Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

                                       Master of Arts in History                                             May 2011                                            West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

                                        Bachelor of Arts in History                              December 2008                                         West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Project Historian/Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Middle Tennessee State University. May 2015 to Present.

  • Responsible for researching and writing an administrative history for Stones River National Battlefield and updating the park’s National Register nomination. This project includes an oral history component of fifteen interviews with community members and former park personnel.

Tour Guide and Coordinator. Echoes of Nashville, Inc. May 2015 to Present.

  • Engage visitors on history walking tours of downtown Nashville, interpreting the urban landscape around them and connecting these places with larger themes in U.S. history.
  • Coordinate tours, guides, and schedule.

Provost Dissertation Writing Fellow. Middle Tennessee State University. August 2014 to April 2015.

  • Dissertation: “Recreating Appalachia: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, 1922-1974.”

Public Historian in Residence. Middle Tennessee State University/Catoctin Mountain Park. September 2013 to August 2014.

  • Principal Investigator for Special Resource Study on human conservation programs at park throughout the twentieth century.

Graduate Research Assistant. Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation. August 2012 to August 2013.

  • Prepared three National Register of Historic Places nominations, one entry for the Tennessee Encyclopedia for History and Culture, a Heritage Plan for Cragfont State Historic Site, and site histories for the Trail of Tears.

Cultural Resource Specialist. Catoctin Mountain Park. May to August 2012.

  • Completed an archives survey and proposed a preservation maintenance plan for two National Register of Historic Places districts. Scanned 800 drawings for new historic maps database.
  • Provided expertise for park planning, including Foundation, Resource Stewardship Strategy, and Climate Change Scenario Planning documents.

Public History Program Assistant. Middle Tennessee State University. August 2011 to August 2012.

  • Supported MTSU’s public history program, including connecting with alumni, editing the program newsletter, recruiting potential M.A. and Ph.D. students, coordinating various workshops and field schools, and representing the program at events and conferences.
  • Created documentary video “Freedman Education in Rutherford County, Tennessee” for Bradley Academy.

Cultural Resource Specialist. C&O Canal National Historical Park. January to August 2009 and May 2009 to August 2011.

  • Assisted Cultural Resource Program Manager in the management of the park’s historic structures, including monitoring preservation efforts, completing four Records of Treatment, conducting Determination of Eligibilities, maintaining List of Classified Structures, developing Historic Building Utilization Plan, and compiling support documentation for the partial removal of several historic properties.
  • Developed the pilot phase of the C&O Canal Quarters Interpretive Program, which allows visitors to stay overnight in a historic lockhouse.

Graduate Research Assistant. West Virginia University. August 2010 to May 2011.

  • Conducted primary and secondary source research for National Park Service Civil War history website.
  • Researched and wrote historical narratives as online content for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including studies of Coast Surveyors and the maps they produced during the Civil War.

Interpretive Park Ranger. C&O Canal National Historical Park. May to August 2007 and May to August 2008.

  • 2007: Researched and developed first person interpretation on a canal boat in Potomac, MD.
  • 2008: Researched and developed tours at the canal’s western terminus in Cumberland, MD.

Oral Historian (Volunteer). Library of Congress Veterans History Project. September 2003 to May 2005.           

  • Interviewed thirteen World War II veterans, recording their memories of service.

KEY PUBLICATIONS

“Recreating Appalachia: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, 1922-1972.” Dissertation, Middle Tennessee State University, April 2015.

Review of The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Construction of the Virginia Kendall Reserve, 1933-1939. By Kenneth Bindas. Annals of Iowa 74, no. 2 (Spring 2015): 201-2.

“Special Resource Study on Human Conservation Programs at Catoctin Mountain Park.” Prepared for Catoctin Mountain Park and National Park Service, 2015.

“Reconciling Competing Visions in New Deal Parks: Natural Conservation, Historic Preservation, and Recreational Development.” George Wright Forum 31, no.1 (2014): 63-68.

PUBLIC HISTORIC PRODUCTS

Public History Navigator: How to Choose and Thrive in a Public History Program. National Council on Public History. February 2015. Co-author.

White Paper on Sustainability for National Council on Public History. 2014. Co-author.

Arthurdale: A New Deal Community Experiment. Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plan. National Park Service. September 2014.

“Ross Marble Quarry” National Register for Historic Places Nomination. Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation. Approved by TN SHPO January 2014. Added to National Register on March 26, 2014. Co-author.

“Mead Marble Quarry” National Register for Historic Places Nomination. Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation. Approved by TN SHPO January 2014. Added to National Register on March 26, 2014. Co-author.

“Red Boiling Springs Bank” National Register for Historic Places Nomination. Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation. Approved by Tennessee SHPO July 2013. Added to National Register on September 18, 2013. Co-author.

Heritage Plan for Cragfont Historic Site. Middle Tennessee State University Center for Historic Preservation. Prepared for Tennessee Historical Trust. December 2012, Co-author.

Archives Survey for Catoctin Mountain Park. Prepared for National Park Service. June 2012.

Preservation Maintenance Proposal for Catoctin Mountain Park. Prepared for National Park Service, June 2012.

“‘In Need of Better Guidance:’ The Administration of Stones River National Battlefield, 1933-1941.” Middle Tennessee State University. Prepared for Stones River National Battlefield. May 2012.

Freedmen Education in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Middle Tennessee State University. Documentary Film Produced for Bradley Academy. May 2012. Producer and Co-writer.

2011 Public History Fall Newsletter. Middle Tennessee State University. December 2011. Editor. 

C&O Canal Quarters Interpretive Program Environmental Assessment. Prepared for National Park Service. In process. Co-author.

From Civil War to Civil Rights. West Virginia University. Narratives prepared for National Park Service Civil War History Website. 2012. Co-author.

Charting a More Perfect Union. Biographies and narratives prepared for National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Civil War History Website. December 2010.

Whipple Company Store: Endangered Property Nomination. West Virginia University. Prepared for Preservation Alliance of West Virginia. December 2010. Co-author.

Whipple Company Store Narrative Needs Assessment. West Virginia University. Prepared for Preservation Alliance of West Virginia. November 2010. Co-author. 

Chick Farm: Determination of Eligibility for National Register of Historic Places. Prepared for National Park Service. Approved by Maryland Historical Trust. August 2010. Co-author.

Washington Canoe Club: List of Classified Structures Listing. Prepared for National Park Service. August 2010. Co-author.

STEPS Evaluation. West Virginia University. Prepared for Wheeling Independence Hall. May 2010. Co-author.

“Let’s Eat Out!” Artifact Analysis. West Virginia University. Prepared for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. December 2009. Co-author.

Lockhouse 6: Record of Treatment. Prepared for National Park Service. August 2009.

Lockhouse 22: Record of Treatment. Prepared for National Park Service. August 2009.

Lockhouse 49: Record of Treatment.  Prepared for National Park Service. August 2009.

C&O Canal Quarters Interpretive Program: National Life Safety Code Report. Prepared for National Park Service. July 2009.

Hessler Barn: Determination of Eligibility for National Register of Historic Places.Prepared for National Park Service. Approved by Maryland Historical Trust. August 2009.

Buckley Barn: Determination of Eligibility for National Register of Historic Places.Prepared for National Park Service. Approved by Maryland Historical Trust. August 2009.

World War II Veterans Oral History Project. 13 Oral Histories Prepared for Library of Congress Veterans History Project. 2003-2005.  

CONFERENCES AND INVITED TALKS

“Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and the Great Society.” Presentation at Ohio Valley History Conference. Richmond, Kentucky. October 2015.

Cumberland Gap Job Corps 50th Anniversary Public Program. Invited Speaker. Middlesboro, KY. July 2015.

“After the Administrative History—What Next?” Working Group Participant at National Council on Public History. Nashville, TN. April 2015.

“The Job Corps Program: Waging a War on Poverty in the National Parks, 1964-1969.” Presentation at George Wright Society Conference. Oakland, California. April 2015.

“Re-Creating Appalachia: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.” Panel Organizer and Presentation for Kentucky-Tennessee Chapter of American Studies Association Conference. Murfreesboro, Tennessee. May 2014.

“’Human Nature:’ Human Conservation Programs at Catoctin Mountain Park.” Presentation for Society for History in the Federal Government Conference. Shepherdstown, West Virginia. April 2014.

“Situation Normal?: Ways Past Sequestration, Government Shutdowns, and Budgetary Woes.” Session Organizer for National Council on Public History. Monterey, California. March 2014.

“Human Conservation Programs at Catoctin Mountain Park: A Special Resource Study.” Presentation for National Park Service National Capital Region Spotlight on National Park Resources Conference. Shepherdstown, West Virginia. March 2014.

“Catoctin Mountain Park.” Case Study presented at Working Group on Interpreting Climate Change at Historic Sites at National Council on Public History. Ottawa, Canada. April 2013.

“Reconciling Competing Visions in New Deal Parks: Natural Conservation, Historic Preservation, and Recreational Development.” Paper Presented at George Wright Society. Denver, Colorado. March 2013.

“Freedmen Education in Rutherford County, Tennessee.” Paper presented at Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference. Murfreesboro, Tennessee. March 2012.

“C&O Canal Quarters Program: Rethinking Interpretation, Cultural Resource Management, and Heritage Tourism along  the C&O Canal National Historical Park.” Paper presented at Preservation Maryland. Annapolis, Maryland. May 2011. Co-presenter.

“C&O Canal Quarters Interpretive Program: Unlocking a Usable Past.” Paper presented at National Council on Public History. Pensacola, Florida. April 2011. Co-presenter.

“C&O Canal Quarters Interpretive Program: A Case Study.” Case study presented at Working Group on Sustainability at National Council on Public History. Portland, Oregon. March 2010.

CURRENT SERVICE

Society for History in the Federal Government Membership Committee, 2014-2015

National Council on Public History Sustainability Committee, 2015-2018

National Council on Public History New Professional and Graduate Student Committee, 2013-2016

AWARDS

Provost Dissertation Writing Fellowship 2014-2015

Bart McCash Memorial Scholarship 2013-2014

NPS Star Award 2011

National Capital Region Interpretive Teamwork Award 2010

West Virginia University Foundation Outstanding Senior 2009

Ethel Roberts Memorial Junior Book Award/Mary Heironimus Endowed Scholarship

McKay Coast Scholarship 2007

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