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Levine Museum of the New South Names New Staff Historian

Levine Museum of the New South Names New Staff Historian


Levine Museum of the New South welcomes Brenda Tindal as the new Staff Historian. Her first day with the museum will be September 1, 2015.

A Charlotte native and graduate of UNC Charlotte, Tindal's history with the museum first began in 2003, when she worked as an intern and research consultant, assisting with the award-winning exhibit COURAGE: The Carolina Story that Changed America, followed by the early development of the Purses, Platforms, and Power: Women Changing Charlotte in the 1970s exhibit.

She succeeds Dr. Tom Hanchett, who began a phased retirement from the museum on July 1, 2015 and will fully retire from his position later this year.

"Brenda is a brilliant young scholar with a passion for public history and a collaborative spirit," says Levine Museum President Emily Zimmern.   I’m confident she will both continue and expand the cutting edge scholarship and innovative programming established so superbly by retiring staff historian Tom Hanchett."


Hanchett adds, "I am delighted that Brenda will join Levine Museum as staff historian. Her deep Charlotte roots and national reputation as a young scholar make her a perfect fit for the museum’s next era of growth."

“Levine Museum is a significant site of courageous inquiry and a place where there is never a poverty of imagination," Tindal shares. "I'm honored and eager to expand upon its legacy of innovation and historical integrity as the museum continues the important task of mobilizing history to build community.”

Tindal received a B.A. in History and Africana Studies at UNC Charlotte in 2004, and following her work at Levine Museum, began pursuing a M.A. in American Studies at Emory University in 2005. Upon completion, she continued work towards a doctorate and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in History and Culture within the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University, scheduled to complete her dissertation later this fall.

During her post-graduate work, Tindal built on her initial museum experiences through a number of significant and comprehensive research, archival and exhibit projects. These included the papers of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer-activists Alice Walker, the organizational records of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) —both at the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory—and, the papers of Ambassador Andrew Young at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. She served as a Digital Archives and Oral History Fellow at the HistoryMakers in Chicago, Illinois and was a Fellow and Project Archivist at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University.

Since 2012 and in tandem with completing her dissertation, Tindal has lived in Charlotte and been a lecturer in the Department of History and Honors College at UNCC), where she teaches a broad range of courses related to 19th and 20th century U.S. and South African history, visual and material culture, and global social reform movements.  

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