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Carolyn M. Brady


1993-1995 Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), M.A. in Public History.
1986-1990 University of Virginia, B.A. in Archaeology, Minor in Studio Art.


May 2000
to present
Independent Researcher
Sample projects on-line include researching Robert Wagner and the Milwaukee Furniture Company, a tavern in Cudahy, and the history of the Takagi and Yamasaki families in Oregon before World War II. Research conducted through archival searches, interviews, analysis of historical photographs, court house and government records, and other genealogical sources. Also cataloging private collection of over 300 photos (primarily 1900-1960) and transferring them to archival-quality storage.
June 1996
to April 2000
Curator, Chinqua-Penn Plantation, Reidsville, N.C. (state-owned historic site closed in 2002, now owned by private individual)
Researched history of the architecture, landscape and people associated with a National Register site built in the 1920s. Managed site’s archives and historical collection. Presented information to the public through tours, exhibits, newspaper articles, television, and radio. Worked with other staff to develop special events and tours. Took photographs for use in marketing or to document special events, collections care, and exhibits. Managed web site.
Oct. 1995
to May 1996
Museum Assistant, Morris-Butler House Museum, Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, Indianapolis. Researched and arranged displays for seasonal exhibits and tours, including Victorian Christmas and turn-of-the-century Valentine’s Day.
Dec. 1995
to May 1996
Archaeological Lab Assistant, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis. Organized and inventoried artifacts recovered from an excavation on the grounds of a nineteenth-century mansion, the Lanier State Historic Site in southern Indiana.
June 1995
to Oct. 1995
Researcher, Indiana Heritage Research Grant for the Morris-Butler House Museum. Researched history of the grounds of the Morris-Butler House in preparation for an archaeological dig. Prepared report suggesting possible sites for excavation. Created interpreter's guide to the yard of a Victorian home for staff and docents.
Sept. 1993
to Dec. 1995
Graduate Student in Public History, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.
Paid internships and class projects included
  • master's thesis research on the Ransom Place Historic District, a historic African-American neighborhood in Indianapolis
  • researching the lives of factory workers and their families at the Schroeder Saddletree Factory, Madison, Indiana
  • inventorying and updating catalog records for collection of over 3,500 objects, ranging from paintings to kitchen utensils, at the Morris-Butler House Museum
  • researching and preparing a National Register nomination for a fire station in Indianapolis, the first built for motorized engines
Jan. 1992
to June 1993
Audience Researcher, Education Division, Science in American Life Exhibition Team, National Museum of American History (NMAH), Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Observed and interviewed museum visitors. Provided exhibition development team with information on visitors' views and understanding of science and its history. Built and tested mock-ups of exhibit components, including text, graphics, and interactive exhibits for the Hands-On Science Center.
June 1991
to Jan. 1992
Administrative Assistant, Education Division, Science in American Life Exhibition Team, NMAH. Organized and maintained exhibits and visitor response records for Hands-On Science Preview Area, a space used for testing exhibit ideas with visitors. Office manager for Hands-On Science and Curriculum Project staff.
Feb. 1991
to May 1991
Administrative Assistant, Common Agenda for History Museums Project of the American Association for State and Local History, NMAH. Researched proposal for exhibition on history and its presentation in museums.


"Labeling, Preserving and Sharing Family Photographs," The Hoosier Genealogist (Indiana Historical Society), Vol 42, no. 2 (Summer 2002). Republished in 2007 in the anthology Finding Indiana Ancestors: A Guide to Historical Research .

"New Discoveries in Familiar Places: Form and Function of the Urban Yard," a report for the Morris-Butler House Museum, Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, supported by Indiana Heritage Research Grant #95-3036.

"Indianapolis and the Great Migration, 1900-1920," Black History News and Notes (Indiana Historical Society), no. 65 (1996): 3-8.

1996 nominee from Indiana University system for Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools for master’s thesis, "The Transformation of a Neighborhood: Ransom Place Historic District, Indianapolis, 1900-1920," a demographic study of an urban African-American community.

References available upon request

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Sample Projects
Milwaukee Police 3rd District | 1920s Tavern in Cudahy
Takagi & Yamasaki Family History

SE Wisconsin Historical Resources | Vintage Photos
Japanese-American Genealogy Resources

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