Historic Sandusky, in partnership with the University of Lynchburg, is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and career development for students and the public by preserving and interpreting the history of slavery, the Civil War, and 19th-century American life.
My name is Kelly Childress and I am a historical interpreter with a Master of Arts in History and a minor in museum studies from Lynchburg College. From August 2013 to May 2015 I held a position as a graduate assistant at Historic Sandusky where I was given a variety of projects to work on over the course of two years. Working at a small historic site, our jobs and responsibilities are eclectic and can range from managing the visitor center and giving house tours to researchi
Days 3 & 4 (July 16 & 17) The first two days of the institute were packed with resources and information for the educator. However, the last two days appealed to the history enthusiast or Civil War buff. The participants were given a number of trip options for the third day and were taken on a tour of Richmond in Lincoln’s footsteps on the last day. Out of the many trip options, I chose to go to the Petersburg Battlefield and Pamplin Park. The trip to Petersburg stood out to
Days 1 & 2 (July 14 & 15, 2016) Once I completed my first week as a graduate assistant at Historic Sandusky, I just assumed that the rest of the year would be as routine as the first week. I expected to only transcribe, give tours, and do small projects here and there. I didn’t realize the world of opportunities and doors Sandusky would open for me until recently. In late June, our Director, Greg Starbuck, informed me of an opportunity to attend The Civil War Trust’s Teacher