Elizabeth Bullock Nevarez
Phone: 252-281-3564 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Master of Arts
August 2013– July 2015
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Wilmington, North Carolina
History – Public History Concentration
Thesis Title: Poverty Amidst Wealth: Women’s History in the Collections, Exhibits, and Future of the Cape Fear Museum
Bachelor of Arts
August 2009 – May 2013
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
History major – American Concentration
Archaeology minor, Hispanic Studies minor
Graduated with Highest Distinction
Principal Consultant 08/2019-Present
Beth Nevarez Historical Consulting Wilson, North Carolina
Historical consulting services for museums and businesses including collections care, archives planning & cataloging, social media and web content planning, collections outreach, exhibit research and planning, programming, and heritage marketing. Historical research & writing. Current clients: Tobacco Farm Life Museum (Kenly, NC), Ava Gardner Museum (Smithfield, NC), Ava Gardner Trust, Design Dimension, Inc., Freeman Round House Museum.
Gary Player Group Greenville, South Carolina
I was responsible for managing the Gary Player and Ian Player Archives including materials from both men’s successful respective careers with materials ranging from the 1930s to today. I organized, researched, preserved, and digitized collection items, and retrieved materials for use in company business and media. I wrote and implemented a collections management policy and drafted an emergency preparedness and response plan. I assisted with content creation for media projects including social media, web, and newsletter articles, drawing on archival holdings. I regularly planned content and posted to social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn and I curated a blog on archival materials and projects (Tumblr: https://garyplayerarchives.tumblr.com/). I also responded to media requests for information, images, video, or memorabilia. I supervised a part-time employee and recruited and managed all media and archives interns.
Assistant Archivist 09/2015 – 12/2015
Tobacco Farm Life Museum Kenly, North Carolina
I was responsible for the archival collection of the museum, grant writing, the Honors and Memorials Program, volunteers, intern recruitment, the online gift shop, and other administrative tasks. I assisted with exhibit installations, research, and design, as well as collections management tasks such as accessions, deaccessions, collections care, and cataloging. I also assisted with marketing, fundraising, and events.
Archivist 02/2015 – 07/2015
Bellamy Mansion Museum Wilmington, North Carolina
I organized and cataloged the Bellamy Mansion’s archival and artifact collections, removing unnecessary items, writing a finding aid, and providing proper housing. I also conducted research requests, wrote articles for the e-newsletter, and carried out a digitization project for the oversized map and blueprint collection.
Graduate Assistant 08/2014 – 06/2015
UNCW University Archives Wilmington, North Carolina
Assisted the archivist with a variety of activities including responding to research and reference requests by scanning documents into PDFs and using the archival materials to research and find answers to users’ questions. Assisted in the installation of an in-house exhibit about the university’s history, helping to locate, prepare, transport, and place archival materials as well as artifacts into display cases. Also assisted in researching and writing labels for the exhibit. Shelve books, help with quick accessioning of incoming items and creating proper storage. Monitored temperature and relative humidity in archival storage and kept track of statistics related to in house use of archival materials. Other projects included the organizing and preparation of shipment of duplicate publications to the North Carolina Publishing Clearinghouse and the creation of a preservation priority database which catalogs items in need of more appropriate storage and preservation. I also researched, designed, fabricated, and installed an exhibit using items from University Archives and the Honors College on the history of the honors program at UNCW.
Collections Intern 05/2014 – 08/2014
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science Wilmington, North Carolina
Conducted research for a possible new exhibit about women in Wilmington and assessed the collection via the collections software program Re:Discovery to determine what possibilities existed for the exhibit. Carried out research to learn more about the history of women’s lives in the Cape Fear region and what stories could be told. Also assisted with other collections initiatives as needed, such as finding objects for and writing Facebook posts which showcase the diversity of the museum’s collections and provide the public with glimpses of Cape Fear history. Additionally volunteered at special events including StormFest, a family learning opportunity at which I co-directed an activity for young children to learn about clouds and the process of rain.
Intern 01/2014 – 05/2014
Historic Wilmington Foundation Wilmington, North Carolina
Researched and wrote docent guides for the homes on the Azalea Festival Home Tour. Wrote a short article for the Foundation’s newsletter, The News, about a neighborhood that is in the process of completing a National Register District nomination. Other tasks included assisting the director with planning for events by preparing meeting materials and PowerPoint presentations. Received and made calls regarding scheduling student groups for the Tar Heels Go Walking Program. Prepared for National Preservation Month (May) by soliciting nominations for Preservation Awards, given to excellent restoration, adaptive reuse, or other preservation projects, and the Most Threatened Historic Places List, released annually to draw attention to sites at risk of neglect or demolition.
Graduate Teaching Assistant 08/2013 – 05/2014
University of North Carolina Wilmington Wilmington, North Carolina
Assisted professors with 100-level history courses. Graded all quizzes, papers, and exams, as well as kept attendance and participation records. Led discussions of books read and held regular office hours where I was available to help students with the courses.
Historic Preservation Intern 05/2012–04/2013
Preservation Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Digitized photos from slides, negatives, and prints. Cataloged these digital photos for easier access. Conceptualized and curated an online exhibit featuring these photos. Exhibit detailed the adaptive reuse of the Horace Williams House, the historical home in which Preservation Chapel Hill makes its offices. Began work on an oral history project by conducting a preliminary interview with a potential interlocutor. Researched and wrote a proposal for audio-visual recording equipment. Also conducted preliminary interviews with community members about Clelue Johnson, a woman who worked in the Horace Williams House, to find out more about her life. Researched and wrote text about three historic cemeteries in Chapel Hill for the Town of Chapel Hill’s website. Provided basic visitor services such as greeting guests and answering phone calls, and maintained an online portfolio and blog that provided updates on my project for the community.
Cultural Resource Management Intern 05/2011 – 06/2011
Independence National Historical Park Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Located each of the maps in the park’s collection and recorded information about them in order to create a database of the collection for easier research access. Assisted with the inventory of artifacts, as well as archival documents both in storage and on display in the park. Researched objects in the collection using both primary and secondary sources. Gained experience reading 18th and 19th century handwriting, and gained experience using microfilm to conduct primary source research.
Archival Intern 05/2011 – 06/2011
Christ Church Preservation Trust Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Handled, searched, and organized archival materials, including historical papers and Preservation Trust records. Transcribed burial records of Christ Church Burial Yard from a 20th century written transcription into a computer database.
Intern 05/2010 – 08/2010
Tobacco Farm Life Museum Kenly, North Carolina
Gained experience in handling artifacts including textiles, wooden artifacts and ceramics. Researched, wrote text for, and co-designed with another intern an exhibit on tobacco auctioneers. Participated in the restoration of an on-site historical structure, an early 20th century homestead. Assisted by helping to clean and repaint the interior of the homestead and helping to replace and rearrange artifacts in the space. Rotated the textiles used in the structure to reduce deterioration. Used and became proficient with the Past Perfect museum cataloging software (versions 3.5 and 4.0). Assisted with tours and children’s activities including candle making and butter churning.
Selected Curatorial and Programmatic (For most recent work, see Portfolio)
Celebrating Honors College: 50/20 Years 02/2015
Drawing on materials from the Honors College and University Archives documents and artifacts, the exhibit traces the path of honors from Departmental Honors to the Honors Scholars Program to the Honors College of today. The exhibit is part of the commemoration of two anniversaries of the honors program: 50 years of Departmental Honors and 20 years of the Honors Scholars Program. The exhibit showcases major milestones in the history of Honors, illuminates the wide variety of activities and opportunities the Honors College has sponsored over the years, including research conferences and journals, honors student trips, an award-winning newsletter, and other publications, and highlights a few honors students who are now current faculty members. I researched, selected objects, and wrote labels for the exhibit. I also created mounts, cut labels, and installed objects and printed materials.
Still Standing Project 08/2014-12/2014
Worked as part of a team to gather visitor information and data through visitor surveys conducted at the Bellamy Mansion Museum and through focus groups conducted with interest groups. Visitors and focus group participants were asked about their opinions regarding slave dwellings and their preservation. I conducted 15 visitor surveys in interview format at the Bellamy Mansion and conducted two focus groups, one with African American community leaders and one with museum professionals with a demonstrated interest in the interpretation of slavery and slave dwellings. Using the amassed data from the team as well as secondary and primary literature about slave dwellings, their history, and their preservation, I wrote a visitor evaluation report analyzing the dominant themes and trends that arose from the visitor data and placing visitor assumptions in context of the history of preservation and slave dwellings. The report made several recommendations for necessary topics to be covered for an upcoming exhibit on the history and preservation of slave dwellings.
“Push and Pull: Russian and Eastern European Migration to the Cape Fear Region”
Exhibit about the experiences of immigrants from Russia and Eastern Europe to the Cape Fear Region over the 20th century. Includes information on the village of St. Helena, the home of early 20th century immigrant community, as well as Cold War issues and US and Russian perceptions of one another. I curated the final section on the most recent waves of immigration following the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Describes conditions in Russia and Eastern Europe, reasons for emigration, the process of acquiring visas, and how immigrants have adapted to life in the U.S. Exhibit features loaned objects and interactive displays all designed and fabricated by student team.
Volga to Cape Fear Project 08/2013 – 05/2014
Conducted both primary and secondary source research on migration from Eastern Europe and Russia to the Cape Fear Region. Used immigration documents from the early 20th century and conducted oral histories with descendants of early immigrants as well as more recent immigrants. Research culminated in a material culture study and loan recommendation for objects to be used in an upcoming exhibit. Material culture study involved working with immigrant community to find objects. Researched, cataloged in PastPerfect, marked, and prepared proper storage for incoming loans.
“Forty Years of Preservation” 09/2012 – 08/2013
An online exhibit that detailed the various adaptive reuses of the historic Horace Williams House in the forty years Preservation Chapel Hill had been responsible for the house. Art exhibits, history exhibits, educational programming, and other events were all included. Digitized documents and photographs from the organization’s archives were used. Exhibit was co-created with another PCH intern who focused on the parts of the site giving a timeline of major achievements of Preservation Chapel Hill. Exhibit coincided with PCH’s40th anniversary celebration. Original URL: preservation40.com. Exhibit is no longer available online.
Memberships & Affiliations
National Council on Public History
North Carolina Museums Council
North Carolina Emerging Museum Professionals
Presentations and Publications
“Push and Pull: A Case Study in Building Community Dialogue Through Shared Authority,” Poster Session, AASLH Annual Meeting, St. Paul, MN, September 19, 2014.
“Add Women and Stir?: Interpretation of Gender in House Museums,” Not Just a Pretty Face: How Historic House Museums Can Help Us to Become More Socially Aware, Wilmington, North Carolina, April 30, 2014.
“Brookwood: Wilmington’s Next National Register District”, The News, Historic Wilmington Foundation, Wilmington, North Carolina, March 2014.
“Russian Cultural Values in Migration: Artifacts as Witness to Family, Education, and Heritage in Transition,” Collecting Heritage: The Material Culture of Eastern European And Russian Migration to the Cape Fear Region, Wilmington, North Carolina, November 26, 2013.
“40th Anniversary Online Exhibit,” Annual Membership Meeting, Preservation Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, October 26, 2012.
“History Through Photographs,” Summer 2012 Internship Capstone Presentations, Preservation Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, July 18, 2012.
Honors, Awards, & Scholarships
North Carolina Museums Council – Student Memorial Award
National Council on Public History Student Project Award Honorable Mention
Graduate Student Association Travel Grant
M. Tyrone Rowell Fellowship Endowment
2013 – Present
Historic Wilmington Foundation Scholarship
2013 – 2014
Member, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of North Carolina Chapter
2013 – Present
Member, UNC Chapter, Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society
2012 – Present
University Merit Scholarship
2009 – 2013
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
2009 – 2011