Alliance adds new program coordinator – Herald & Tribune

Megan Cullen Tewell is a new face to the Alliance. (Photo provided)


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Megan Cullen Tewell is the new Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia Heritage Alliance Program Coordinator. A former Alliance volunteer, she said: “When the position opened up, I immediately knew I wanted to join the Heritage Alliance,” said Tewell, a former Alliance volunteer. “I admire the organization, the people who run it and the work they do.”

Its functions include assisting in the development and implementation of new programs, exhibition development and collection management. Tewell holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in public history from North Carolina State University at Raleigh. She is currently working on a PhD from the State of North Carolina and is writing a thesis on Historic Prison Museums.

Megan and her husband Ryan have lived in Johnson City for two and a half years. He is a professor at the College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University. Settling in Washington County, Tewell said, “I volunteered for the Alliance because I was eager to learn more about the history of the area and to help preserve and preserve it. share it. ” Her time was limited as she continued to teach at NC State.

“I hope to implement new ideas and create exciting new opportunities for visitors to benefit from our programs and collections,” Tewell said.

She added that “Anne G-Fellers-Mason (executive of the Alliance director) has launched a ‘hands-on’ object lab that brings history to students who might not be able to visit our historic sites and museums. We have already launched a pilot version of the program in southwest Virginia classrooms that has reached 120 students, young people who would otherwise not be able to benefit from our collections and programs. “

This awareness is one of two current programs that Tewell plans to get involved in. The other is a historic preservation effort for a building in Johnson City. Currently, she said, the organization’s service area is centered on Jonesborough due to the location of the Alliance’s offices, archives and museums.

“We plan to reach more other communities in the future,” she said. “I am excited to see what lies ahead as we move into 2020 and continue our work impacting a new generation of students, visitors and local residents. ”

Tewell said the Alliance’s mission goes down in history and appreciates the confidence that “our stakeholders have in this mission. We are not a political organization, but we believe that our contributions to the community are valuable. ”

Explaining that heritage tourism is the practice of using a community’s location to leverage its history to generate savings, Tewell said: “Jonesborough is a good example of how heritage tourism can have a impact. positive impact on a community. I think other cities in our region could benefit from a similar model.

“We mainly focus on the residents of the region,” she added. This orientation is part of the reason why the Heritage Alliance continues to offer temporary exhibitions in its museums and organizes an extensive series of conferences and programs attracting the participation of members of the community.

Tewell says she’s an avid reader and has helped write grants and craft shows. As an example of her writing, she mentioned that her undergraduate thesis was on “Train Robbery Gangs”.

“We are delighted to have Megan on the Heritage Alliance team,” exclaims Executive Director Anne Mason. “We are delighted to see what programs she implements, what exhibitions she creates and what adventures she takes us on. “

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