Presenting Dr. Katie: May Updates

The Drs Katie before graduation; O'Bryan on the left, and me on the right.
The Drs Katie before graduation; O’Bryan on the left, and me on the right.

The past month has been incredible: graduation, vacation, and now moving to a new city for a new job (hence the lack of posts)!  Here are the updates:

On May 11th I graduated with eleven other PhD candidates from Middle Tennessee State University.  Proof available here.

My dissertation, “Enriching the Public History Dialogue: Creating Educational Programs at Museums for Audiences with Special Needs,” was finished back in March.

Receiving the Dean's Distinguished Essay Award for my article in Scientia and Humanitas
Receiving the Dean’s Distinguished Essay Award for my article in Scientia and Humanitas

An article taken from several of my chapters was chosen for publication in Scientia et Humanitas 3, (2013).  It is titled “Disability, the Sideshow, and Modern Museum Practices,” and it received the Dean’s Distinguished Essay award from the Deans of the Honors College at MTSU. When it is available online, I will post a link!

Image of the back gardens of the Blount Mansion
Image of the back gardens of the Blount Mansion

The Monday after my dissertation defense, I traveled to Knoxville to interview for the position of Executive Director at the Blount Mansion.  I am happy to announce that after the interview I was selected for the position, and I have begun the move East.  I will attend the Statehood Dinner on the 31st of May, but I officially begin work at the site on June 3rd.

I can’t express how grateful and excited I am to have a job in my chosen field immediately upon graduation!

If you want to support a great cause, and have a fun night out on the town in Knoxville, check out this information from the Knoxville News Sentinel Art Briefs:

Blount Mansion historic marker

“The Blount Mansion Association hosts a 6-8 p.m. May 31 birthday party for the State of Tennessee at the historic home, 200 W. Hill Ave. The party in the mansion’s colonial revival garden includes a cocktail supper by Holly’s Eventful Catering and music by The Tennessee Sheiks.

Tickets are $100 per person. Reservations may be made at 865-525-2375 Proceeds go to the mansion and its supporting association for educational and other programs.

Blount Mansion was built in 1792 by William Blount before Tennessee became a state and while he served as governor of the land south of the Ohio River. Blount was a guiding force in Tennessee becoming a state in 1796; the state constitution was drafted in his office that sits behind the mansion.

During the May 31 event the mansion association will recognize the work of Turcan Hockaday as the site’s interim director and welcome Katie Stringer as its new executive director. Stringer has a master’s and Ph.D from the University of Memphis and previously worked at the Sam Davis House and Museum in Smyrna as its director of collections, interpretation and development.”

I’m looking forward to starting the next chapter in my Public History and museums career, so stay tuned!

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6 replies to “Presenting Dr. Katie: May Updates

  1. Katie,
    Congratulations upon receiving your doctorate degree and upon your new appointment as E.D. of the Blount Mansion! Great things are in store for you. Claudia and I hope to get by there someday to visit and to say “Hey.” Keep up the great work in promoting Tennessee’s wonderful history.

    1. Thanks, Dr. Connolly! Wouldn’t be here without your support 🙂 I cut off all of my hair over a year ago, and it is the best. Doesn’t it make me look like a respectable doctor??

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