Center for Public History faculty Dr. Ann McCleary and Ms. Keri Adams serve as the co-directors of the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail. They are History Program faculty members at the University of West Georgia located in Carrollton, Georgia. The co-directors direct graduate and undergraduate student researchers in everyday operations of the Trail, as well as in grant-funded projects.
In addition, the co-directors work with University Advancement, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, History Program 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 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 History Program’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 History Program’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 provide services to Trail members, researchers, community partners, and the general public. All student researchers are supervised by Center faculty.
Graduate and post-baccalaureate students in UWG History Program’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 a 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, such as the Federal Work Study Program, and the Honors College.
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.
Greg Bell is a graduate research assistant with the Center for Public History, where he works as curator for the Textile Heritage Trail. He graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of the Arts in History with a certificate in Public History. He is currently pursuing a Masters of the Arts in Public History with a certificate in Museum Studies. For the Trail, he is currently managing our website, assisting with strategic planning, and working on new research.