Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of African American History and Culture
Website URL
African American, built environment, public history, American South
Additional Contact Information
On Maternity Leave and Un-Available July-October 2018

Personal Info

About Me

Lindsey Bestebreurtje holds a Ph.D. in History with specialization in African American community development and suburbanization in the nineteenth and twentieth century American South. Currently, Lindsey works as a Curatorial Assistant with the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She received her BA in History and Government from the College of William and Mary in 2008 and her MA in Applied/Public History from George Mason University in 2011.

In addition to her academic experience, Lindsey has worked in the field of public history in the Washington, D.C. area since 2010. Her previous work experience includes working with the National Park Service, the Historic American Landscape Survey, George Mason University Libraries, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens.

Concentrations: African American History, Community Development, Suburbanization, the Built Environment, New Media, New South, Public History, Interpretation

Recent Publications

Beyond the Plantation: Freedmen, Social Experimentation, and African American Community Development in Freedman’s Village, 1863-1900,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 126, No. 3 (2018).

Built By the People Themselves: African American Community Development in Arlington, Virginia from Civil War to Civil Rights, PhD Diss., George Mason University, 2017. ©

“A View from Hall’s Hill: African-American Community Development in Arlington” Arlington Historical Magazine 15, No. 3 (Oct. 2015) p 19-34.

“National Historical Landscape Survey: Ellis Island,” Library of Congress (Forthcoming).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, Art & Architectural History, Emancipation, Environment, Government, Human Rights, Libraries & Archives, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Museums, Public History, Race, Slavery, Urban History, World War II