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Northwest Missouri State University


Faculty/Staff Spotlight

April 25, 2017

Ford organizes panel at national public history conference

Dr. Elyssa Ford

Dr. Elyssa Ford

Dr. Elyssa Ford, an assistant professor of history at Northwest Missouri State University, presented “Hard Questions: When to Save a Museum and When to Let it Die?” April 21 at the National Council of Public History’s annual conference in Indianapolis.

Ford organized the roundtable panel, which drew graduate students, faculty and museum professionals from Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and Georgia, and included Sara Wilson, a Northwest alumna and executive director for St. Joseph Museums, Inc.

Ford joined the Northwest faculty in 2011 and teaches courses in U.S. history and women’s history in addition to directing the public history minor. Previously, she taught at Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona and had fellowships at Rowan University in New Jersey and Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. She also has professional experience working at multiple museums, including the National Cowgirl Museum and the Arizona Jewish Historical Society.

She has a bachelor's degree from Colby College in Maine and earned her master’s, doctorate and graduate certificate in museum studies from Arizona State University.


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