Lydia Simpson will speak on the importance of Heritage and Science Tourism for Oak Ridge. Come out and learn about the potential economic impact of Heritage and Science Tourism could have on Oak Ridge. Our story is one that many other cities would love to have. We have been told that numerous times. Yet, we can’t seem to capitalize on the tremendous story that is Oak Ridge! Why? What are we missing?
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 Middle Tennessee State University. 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 MTSU Center for Historic Preservation’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.
The Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association is a nonprofit historical society founded in 1999 to preserve and educate the public about Oak Ridge’s unique and rich technical and cultural history, and to work to preserve selected historical buildings of the World War II city and nuclear installations.