Jackie Peterson: Preserving What Matters - Building a More Inclusive Practice

Thursday, December 17 - 6pm

Tacoma Historical Society is pleased to co-sponsor the Virtual Heritage Cafe: Broadening Horizons in Historic Preservation with the City of Tacoma Historic Preservation Office and Historic Tacoma.

In January of 2020, the National Register of Historic Places shared that, of the more than 95,000 entries on the list, only 2% of those places focus on the experiences of Black Americans. The follow-up question is usually "Well, how do we fix that?" but perhaps we need to start with a different set of questions. In this conversation, Jackie will share examples of work she has done to support and broaden the reach of preservation work. She will also share some ideas for where to begin, and a series of questions that may be helpful for discussing in participants' organizations and workplaces.

Jackie is an independent museum consultant with a focus on exhibit development, curation and writing for history museums, historic sites and other cultural institutions. With over twelve years of exhibits experience, she has worked nationally with museums, communities and stakeholders to uncover and illuminate meaningful stories to create authentic, truthful and enlightening exhibitions. Jackie leverages the power of language and narrative to create exhibitions that attest to the nuances of our human experience, spark conversation and bring people together. Much of Jackie’s independent work has focused on storytelling through exhibitions highlighting the experiences and lives of African Americans in Washington State. Prior to pursuing an independent consulting career, Jackie served as a content developer and coordinator at the exhibition design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates Inc. in New York. Jackie is passionate about equity in the museum field and grounds her work in the framework of diversity, access, equity and inclusion (DEAI). She serves on the steering committee for Museums & Race, an initiative that seeks equity and justice for people of color in the museum field.

To join the online event:


Dial-in: +1 253 215 8782

Webinar ID: 861 8603 9466

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