Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Hunter House Victorian Museum
Website URL
Victorian History, Museums, Cultural Institutions, Local History, Public History, Women's History, Nineteenth Century
Additional Contact Information

Personal Info

About Me

Jaclyn Spainhour is the Director of the Hunter House Victorian Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. As Director, she oversees all activities of this nineteenth century house museum including marketing, personnel management, exhibitions, research and training, budgeting, and many other functions. She became Director in 2015 following three years serving as Assistant Director and many years previously serving as a volunteer docent.

Jaclyn received her BA in History from Old Dominion University in 2011 and her MA in History from the same institution in 2012. Her research focus was medieval gender studies and nineteenth century concepts of identity. Jaclyn served as an Adjunct Instructor for ODU and Tidewater Community College from 2013-2015, when she left to become Museum Director.

Jaclyn is most interested in concepts of identity and gender in nineteenth century America. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Victorian Society in America and acts as Chair of the Book Awards Committee and Copy Editor of the organization’s journal 19th Century, which can be viewed on EbscoHost. Jaclyn enjoys reading and reviewing new works for the publication and spends her free time discovering how to keep the interest of her generation in the museum sector.

Recent Publications

In Progress: Museums and Millennials: Marketing to the Coveted Patron Generation, AASLH publication through Rowman and Littlefield, expected release spring 2019.

Gilded Age Norfolk, Virginia: Tidewater Wealth, Industry, and Propriety. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2015.

“Symbols of Slumber: Representations of Children and Victorian Mourning Customs in Norfolk’s Elmwood Cemetery.” The           Victorian Society in America. 19th Century (2012).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Museums, Public History, Sexuality, Women