Robert Connolly – Director, C.H. Nash Museum & Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology at the University of Memphis.

I am a transplant to Memphis, Tennessee, US, via Jackson, Mississippi, via Northeast Louisiana, via . . . where I live with my wife Emma and our rescue dogs Abbie (Irish Setter), Buddy (Big Old Dog), and Grace (Golden Retriever).  Things I like include Emma, living into the process, aha moments, facilitating the exploration of big things, reading, travel on blue line highways, computer graphics, biking, writing, photography, baking, eating, hanging with the grandkids, heat and humidity, and all of those two-room county museums spread across this country.

rcheadshot[1]Rachel Clark – Intern, C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa.

I’ve been in Memphis since I was three, except for a 2-year stint in Augusta, Georgia (I don’t recommend it). I’m currently a senior at the UofM, expecting to graduate this December with a B.A. in History. My internship at Chucalissa has encompassed artifact inventory, condition reports, and getting my hands dirty in the Three Sisters Garden.  I have an interest in all things educational and all things natural so if you can’t find me with my nose in a book, you’ll find me outside with my four-legged kids.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPenny Dodds – Instructor, Art For Voice Camp at the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa.

I grew up in a northeast suburb of Philadelphia.  I am an artist and have worked for over 20 years in the field of educational programming, nationally and internationally.  I have a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Religion from Earlham College and a Masters in International Education from Framingham College, which I earned while living and teaching in Poland.  Currently, I combine my love of art, the study of underrepresented people in history, and live-long learning.  I recently received my Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies with the University of Memphis.   My favorite pastimes include hanging out with my daughter & friends, thinking, live music, and eating good food.

Samantha Gibbs – Administrative Assistant, C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa

I was born and raised in a small rural community outside of Milan, TN.  After graduating from Milan High School in 2003, I moved to Memphis to attend the University of Memphis.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and History followed by a Master’s degree in Applied Anthropology and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, baking, cooking, spontaneous road tripping, drawing, drinking coffee with friends, playing all sort of musical instruments including the trumpet, and jazz singing.  At Chucalissa, my research interests include community outreach, creating participatory visitor experiences and ethnomusicology.

PatriciaPatricia Harris
 – Graduate Assistant, C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa

I was born and raised in Memphis, TN and graduated from the University of Memphis in 2008 with a Bachelors in Anthropology. Since I can’t get enough of the UofM, I’m now pursuing a Masters of Liberal Studies focusing on Public and Non-Profit Administration as well as a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. My time at Chucalissa started in 2011 and has flowed from an intern inventorying cultural materials, to a visitor services employee, to a graduate assistant working on projects such as re-vamping trail maps and planning special events.  Most recently I have worked on museum advocacy projects both here in Memphis and in Washington D.C.

When I’m not at the Museum or in the classroom I enjoy outside activities, cheering on the Tigers, spending time with family and friends, and petting any and all dogs.


Allison Hennie– Graduate Assistant, C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I graduated from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a degree in architecture. I eventually relocated to Memphis, Tennessee by way of seven other cities. While here, I received a Masters degree in Applied Anthropology and completed a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies.  I am currently working toward a PhD in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Memphis.  My interests lay in the interface between anthropology and architecture, to define, interpret and experience places. When not working, you may find me drinking coffee, running, traveling, or taking photographs.

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Brooke Mundy– Graduate Assistant/Collections Manager, C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa

I was born and raised in Inverness, Florida. I came to Memphis in 2007 to attend the University of Memphis. I graduated from the UofM in 2012 with a BA in Art History and a minor in Dance. I am currently working on completing a Masters degree in Art History and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies. At the C.H. Nash Museum I act as Collections Manager, where I oversee the care and planning of the museums artifacts and exhibits. Outside of the Museum and school I love spending time with friends and family, anything Disney, traveling, enjoying local Memphis treasures like Shelby Farms and Central BBQ, and hanging out with my dog Sophie.


Lyndsey Pender– Intern, C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa

Lyndsey Pender is a Memphis native and Overton High School graduate. She studies Cultural Anthropology and Professional Writing at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY, and she will begin her Junior Year in the fall. At Chucalissa, Lyndsey is working on digitizing and developing more interactive activities around the African-American Cultural Heritage in Southwest Memphis exhibit. She enjoys exploring downtown Memphis, browsing for hours in local bookstores, and watching Horror movies and cartoons.


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