In his writing, Tim draws from his experiences working as a public historian for over twenty-five years. His career has included positions at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Missouri Historical Society, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia. During the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, Tim helped develop the national exhibition which traveled the country. He is listed among the history field’s “most engaging, innovative, and entrepreneurial leaders,” and profiled in the book Leadership Matters (Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2014).
Tim has been published in the Journal of American History, Perspectives on American History, History News, Gateway Heritage. and Air and Space magazine. He co-authored The Museum Educator’s Manual (now in a 2nd edition) and originated and wrote the History Bytes column in History News, a quarterly publication of the American Association for State and Local History where he is active on various committees.Tim has taught classes about museum practice at Webster University in St. Louis and the University of Turabo in Puerto Rico. He received the 2008 Smithsonian Education Achievement award, graduated from the Smithsonian Palmer Leadership Development Program, and sits on the executive committee of the History Relevance Campaign (historyrelevance.com). Tim holds a master’s degree in history from George Mason University.
He was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, home of the Conestoga wagon and the Pennsylvania rifle, as well as one U.S. President. As a child Tim dragged his parents to historic sites up and down the East Coast. He enjoyed living for several years in Philadelphia while in college and in London for a semester. He moved to northern Virginia to attend graduate school and except for a three-year stint in St. Louis, has lived in Virginia for his entire career.
Up next: Here’s a clue about the topic of his next book.