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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Heather A. Huyck

Heather A. HuyckHeather A. Huyck's thirty-year career as a public historian bridges academically based history and place-based history, especially history as found in the National Park Service system (she has visited 320 of the 402 national parks). For many years she taught at the College of William and Mary. Now the president of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites (NCWHS), Huyck focuses on researching, preserving, and interpreting women's history. The former director of the Jamestown 400th Project, she is also the recipient of the American Historical Association's Herbert Feis Award for distinguished contributions in public history; the editor of Women's History: Sites and Resources (2008); and a coeditor, with Peg Strobel, of Revealing Women's History: Best Practices for Historic Sites (2011). In addition to working on various NCWHS projects, she is currently researching and processing over 15,000 documents from Mrs. Maggie Lena Walker, an African American community organizer and entrepreneur (1864–1934) best known for founding a bank (1903), an insurance company, a newspaper, and an emporium.