Lydia Simpson

Programs Manager


the Center for Historic Preservation


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Lydia Simpson

Lydia has a B.A. in history from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an M.A. in history with a concentration in public history from MTSU. She is currently writing her dissertation on a twentieth-century rayon-mill community as she works toward completion of the Public History Ph.D. program at MTSU.

As the CHP’s programs manager, Lydia manages the department’s public programming and outreach, with particular involvement with CHP digital platform initiatives. She also coordinates the programs and projects of the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, including managing the Heritage Area’s collaborative partnerships. Working with colleagues and students, she participates in fieldwork projects as well.

Lydia’s research interests include community formation in the American South from Reconstruction through the mid-twentieth century, the cultural impact of new technologies and market structures in transitional societies from the pre-modern era through the twentieth century, and comparative approaches to cultural landscape analysis. Additionally, Lydia is interested in using new media and digital technologies to connect with stakeholder communities and explore new ways of creating participatory partnerships both within and outside of the academic world.

As a former GRA at the CHP, her projects at the Center included structural survey work for the Trail of Tears and a heritage tourism assessment for Owingsville, Kentucky. She has also worked as a graduate assistant with the Rutherford County Archives, a geospatial researcher at the MTSU Fullerton Laboratory for Spatial Technology, and a seasonal park ranger at Stones River National Battlefield.


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