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- United States
- KY Kentucky
- Girl Museum, Kentucky Museum
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- public historian, museums, girlhood, women's history, girl studies, American history, interpretation
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- About Me
Tiffany R. Isselhardt holds a Master’s in Public History from Appalachian State University, with concentrations in museum interpretation and administration. She currently serves as Program Developer for Girl Museum, the first and only museum in the world dedicated to celebrating girls; and as Development and Marketing Manager for the Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University. She previously held positions with Museum Hack, Hickory Ridge Homestead, and the Theodore Roosevelt Center.
Isselhardt has curated over 25 exhibitions and projects, including the ongoing podcast series ‘GirlSpeak’ and the forthcoming podcast ‘Great Girls’; the first global database of girls’ memorials and historic sites, Sites of Girlhood; various virtual exhibitions including 52 Objects in the History of Girlhood, Classical Girls, Warrior Princess, Ancient Girls, Surfer Girl, Gamer Girl, Gazed and Confused, and STEM Girls for Girl Museum; and physical exhibitions at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, Hickory Ridge Historic Homestead, and Kentucky Museum. She has also raised over $150,000 in grants and more than doubled the Kentucky Museum’s donor base. Her prior work with Museum Hack focused on audience engagement in museums, working directly with their team to train museums on interpretive strategies, host sold-out events, and secure contracts with some of the nation’s top museums.
Isselhardt’s work focuses on girls’ identity in history, museums, and material culture, both its representation and formation. She believes that more inclusive representation in history and historical sites (including museums, historic sites, and memorials) is integral to inspiring, and achieving equality for, girls and women. Through a girl-focused lens, she helps reinterpret historical narratives to become more inclusive of girlhood while providing museums and historic sites with ways to engage younger, more diverse audiences. Utilizing lessons from her time with Museum Hack, she encourages direct public participation in the formation and re-formation of girls’ identity in history, culture, and museums.
Her first book, co-authored with Ashley E. Remer – Exploring American Girlhood in 50 Historic Treasures – will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in November 2020.
- Recent Publications
- Two panels forthcoming at the National Council on Public History 2020 conference in Atlanta, GA.
- Sites of Girlhood, presented at the International Girl Studies Association bi-annual conference, Notre Dame University, February 2019.
- A Manor Among Mountains: The Medieval Vision of George Vanderbilt, presented at the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference in October 2013.
- Barbie: The Bitch who has Everything, winner of the Best Paper award at the Brian Bertoti Graduate Conference in 2013.
- “Using Digital to Showcase Feminism in Cultural Heritage” (co-author with Ashley E. Remer) in Feminism and Museums (2017, MuseumsEtc.) Buy it on Amazon.
- Technical Innovation in American History: An Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (Feb. 2019, ABC-CLIO Press).
- Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia (2017, ABC-CLIO Press). Buy it on Amazon.
- Blogs for Girl Museum and Museum Hack, including:
- Unicorn Horns: How Storytelling Transforms Museum Experiences (Fun fact: This was based on my very first trip to NYC & my first Museum Hack tour!)
- 4 Tips for Effective Facebook Advertising for Museums
- Interviews with museum professionals, such as Dawn Eschelman of the Rubin Museum of Art’s Dream Over experience and Frith Williams of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
- How to Energize and Empower Staff with Creativity (Case Study: 21c Museum Hotel)
- How to Generate Buzz and Attract Millennials to Your Event (Case Study: Hennepin History Museum) (Fun fact: I managed these social media campaigns!)
- Friday Fun with Pokemon GO: How Museums are Catching New Visitors
- Poke It Up: How to Catch Millennials with Pokemon GO at Your Museum
- Various case studies, TED Talk and What We’re Reading blogs
- Articles on HubPages.com.
- Book reviews for the Journal of Curatorial Studies and The Public Historian.
- “Voices from the Deep: Submerged Shipwreck Preservation,” published in the Tuckasegee Valley Historical Review, Vol. XVIV (Spring 2013).
- An Architectural Survey of Newland, North Carolina, currently held by the Appalachian State University archives.
- Application for Landmark Designation for Oesterreicher Homestead near Jacksonville, FL, which was utilized for historic designation by the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission.
- Media Coverage
- Country Focus
- United States
- Expertise by Geography
- United States, Western Europe
- Expertise by Chronology
- Medieval, 18th century, 20th century, 21st century
- Expertise by Topic
- Children & Youth, Gender, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Women