Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School Strategic Planning and Curriculum Development

Kristin is working with the staff, board, and students to help them accomplish their goals of “Learning, Reflecting, and Teaching” about the school/monastery’s history of enslavement and the lives of people enslaved at Visitation, including integrating the history and related social justice content into their curricular and co-curricular offerings; understanding how this new information impacts their community; finding opportunities for reflection and reconciliation; and identifying ways to make their community more inclusive.

Courtesy of GVPS

Arlington House National Memorial/National Capital Area Office Interpretive and Strategic Planning

In a series of projects, Kristin worked with the Arlington House staff to develop values, non-negotiables, and preferred language for interpreting the history of enslavement at the property. Following this, she facilitated the development of the “In Conversation” rubric to help National Capital Area Park Service units develop comprehensive and conscientious interpretations of slavery and connect with their communities.

Courtesy of ARHO

Salem Maritime National Historic Site Visitor Experience Plan

After convening historians and public history professionals, Kristin led the SAMA team to refine their interpretive themes; develop essential questions and interpretive values; identify desired visitor experience for multiple audiences; and prioritize education, curatorial, and interpretive tasks to enhance the visitor experience. She repeated this process with SAMA’s sister site, Saugus Ironworks National Historic Site.

Courtesy of SAMA

Old North Illuminated Interpretive Plan and Staff Training

Kristin collaborated with consultant Nicole Moore to convene historians, public historians, and community members to develop an interpretive plan for Old North Church Historic Site, with a focus on the Church’s economic complicity in slavery/slave trade and enslaved congregants. Together they prepared and delivered a comprehensive staff training plan (train the trainer model) that ONI staff can implement with new cohorts of front line staff.

Learn more about our Old North Illuminated project.

Courtesy of Old North Illuminated

Cedar Creek/Belle Grove Staff Professional Development Workshops

Contracted by the National Park Service, in multiple years, to deliver professional development workshops for NPS rangers and staff/volunteers at partner site, Belle Grove Historic Plantation. Sessions included: how race and identity affect the giving/receiving of interpretive narratives; developing comprehensive interpretive narratives; and using cultural resources and the built environment to tell the stories of enslaved people, with a focus on the Civil War.

Courtesy of Belle Grove Historical Plantation

USS Constitution Museum – “All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812” 

Kristin was a core member of the team that developed the themes, text, and interactives for the prototype exhibit.  The exhibit was part of a multi-year project, funded by NEH and IMLS, to examine how families learn together in unfacilitated history museum exhibits.  

Tsongas Industrial History Center Remote Learning Modules 

Kristin designed TIHC’s Remote Learning Modules to align with state and national social studies and/or science standards. Each module addresses a topic related to the Industrial Revolution and consists of primary documents, secondary sources, photographs, videos, questions, and writing prompts. 

Montana Historical Society Hands-on History Footlockers 

A favorite resource of history teachers across the state of Montana, Kristin redeveloped existing titles and created new titles for the hands-on history kits. The Footlockers are thematic traveling trucks that contain reproduction clothing, tools, everyday objects, maps, photographs, and documents. The user guides include historical narratives for educators and students, lesson plans, and biographies.  

Courtesy of Montana Historical Society