FAM announces new hire for curator position

May 23, 2022 | Fredericksburg Business News |

Credit: Fredericksburg Area Museum

The Fredericksburg Area Museum has announced the addition of Dr. Gaila Sims to its team as the Curator of African American History and Special Projects.

Dr. Sims is a public historian and museum educator specializing in African American history, according to FAM’s announcement. She received her BA in History and African American Studies from Oberlin College and her MA and PhD in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation, Imprimatur of the State: Interpretation of Slavery at American State History Museums, examines representations of slavery at state history museums in Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Her research has been supported by the Texas State Historical Association, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Southern Labor Studies Association. Dr. Sims has held positions at several museums, archives, and cultural institutions, including the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

We look forward to welcoming Dr. Sims to Fredericksburg.

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