Project Description

Kim Fortney

(Class of 2020)

National History Day

Kim became deputy director of National History Day (NHD) in 2009. Previously she worked in museum education and administration at the Heritage Center of Lancaster County (Pennsylvania) and coordinated a regional NHD program. Passionate about history education and the informal learning that museums uniquely provide, she has presented about these topics and about NHD as an effective agent for improving history education at the annual meetings of AASLH, AAM, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM), and other organizations. From 2008-2010, she served as president of MAAM’s board. With Beverly Sheppard, she co-edited An Alliance of Spirit: Museum and School Partnerships, published by AAM in 2010. Kim has an M.A. in History/Museum Studies from Duquesne University and recently completed the Senior Leaders Program for Non-Profit Professionals at Columbia Business School. A native Pittsburgher, she lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her patient husband, talented teenage son, and three beloved critters.