Center for Public History faculty, Ann McCleary and Keri Adams, serve as the co-directors of the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail. They are Department of History faculty members at the University of West Georgia located in Carrollton, Georgia. The co-directors, with the support of Center/History faculty Dr. Julia Brock, direct graduate and undergraduate student staff in every day operations of the Trail, as well as in grant-funded projects.
In addition, the co-directors work with UWG Development staff, heritage and cultural tourism professionals, local governments, and community partners to secure grants to fund a variety of projects for the Trail, including wayside interpretive exhibits, self-guided brochures, and conferences.
Ann McCleary, Ph.D. is co-director of the Textile Trail, as well as the co-editor and co-author of the Textile Trail’s guidebook, The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail. She has co-directed the Trail since its inception in 2011.
Ann is a Professor of History, Founder and Co-director of the Center for Public History, and Coordinator of the Public History and Museum Studies Programs at the University of West Georgia. Learn more about Dr. McCleary on the UWG Department of History’s website.
Keri Adams, M.A. is the co-director of the Textile Trail, as well as the co-editor and co-author of the Textile Trail’s guidebook, The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail. She has worked on the Trail since 2012, then as a graduate research assistant, and as co-director since August 2014.
Keri is a Lecturer of History, Assistant Director of the Center for Public History, and Advisor for the Undergraduate Public History Certificate at the University of West Georgia. Learn more about Ms. Adams on the UWG Department of History’s website.
The Center’s student staff assigned to the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail include graduate, post-baccalaureate, and undergraduate students. These positions are meant to create practicum experiences for students that provides services to Trail members, researchers, community partners, and the general public as well. All student staff are supervised by Center faculty.
Graduate and post-baccalaureate students in UWG Department of History’s masters and certificate programs are hired as graduate research assistants that work on the Trail for up to two years or for the duration of grant-funded project. Occasionally, other history and public history graduate students choose to study local or regional textile history for their master’s thesis essay and/or project and may be sponsored by Center faculty in their degree requirements.
Undergraduate students, typically History majors, are hired through various student assistant programs managed by UWG Career Services.
In addition, student staff may include both graduate and undergraduate interns for a single semester. Interns join us from several departments, including History and Art, and typically provide research assistance and support for faculty and graduate staff.
Chanell Lowery is a graduate research assistant with the Center for Public History where she is the Coordinator and Image Database Administrator for the Textile Trail.
Chanell has worked on the Trail since the fall of 2014, then as an undergraduate student. She served has served as a researcher and caption author for Textile Trail’s guidebook, The West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail; a contributor to the website’s community pages; and curator for the Bowdon Spur Interpretive Signage Project.
During the spring 2018 semester, Chanell will create a new database for images collected through our research projects; create and lead a guided walking tour for new interpretive signs in Bowdon; complete in-progress self-guided walking/driving tour brochures with our community partners, including a new rack card for Bowdon; and coordinate efforts between other Trail projects.
Emily Harrington is a graduate student assistant with the Center for Public History where she serves as the Strategic Planning Coordinator for the Textile Heritage Trail. Emily graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in the Spring of 2017 and is in her second semester of working on the Textile Trail.
During the spring 2018 semester, Emily will be helping to plan and implement the strategic plan for the Textile Trail in the coming years, while assisting with the creation of committee boards and our regional conferences.
Brandon Cohran is a graduate research assistant with the Center for Public History and is the Curator for the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail. He graduated from Kennesaw State University in the fall of 2017 with his B.A. in History. Brandon is in his first semester at the University of West Georgia, and he will continue to contribute to the success of the Trail in the years to come.
During the spring 2018 semester, Brandon is working on website updates, as well as starting and updating a monthly blog post for the Textile Trail.