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Rebekah Turnmire

Title: Graduate Student
PhD with Public History Field (US History since 1789)
Department: History
College of Arts and Sciences

Advisor: TBD

Educational background: BA in History, The College of William and Mary; MA in American Studies, The George Washington University

Bio: Rebekah’s research interests include public history, cultural history, memory, and the twentieth century U.S. Her dissertation is tentatively about Ford’s Theatre as a site of public history, national memorialization, and political performance within the D.C. landscape. The larger project will examine sites of public history and performance, the mid-twentieth century urban landscape, and the intersection of public and private political performance at the theatre.

Rebekah is an active public historian working with local institutions, Historic Columbia and the Olympia Mill Village Museum in their education and outreach work. Her greater research and public history interests are in how various audiences use and interact with history and memory in public spaces. Previously, she has presented work at African Americans in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia conference and continues to gravitate towards regional cultural history.

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