Lisa R. Withers accepts AHA-NEH SHARP Fellowship to research African American History in Gaston County

The Gaston County Museum is thrilled to announce Lisa R. Withers as the AHA-NEH SHARP Grant Fellow. This year long fellowship is centered on further exploring African American history in Gaston County. The end goal is to designate up to four historic sites, and to incorporate the oral history and research into the interpretation at the Gaston County Museum. 

Lisa R. Withers
Doctoral Candidate, History Department, NC State University

Lisa R. Withers is a historian who values partnering with community members to preserve, examine, and share information about the past. She is experienced in engaging diverse audiences about North Carolina’s 19th and 20th century African American history through exhibit curation, public programs, and interpretive tours. Her professional experiences include working in university archives, historic house museums, historic sites, local history museums, government agencies, and teaching college-level history courses.

Lisa holds a BA in African & Afro-American Studies with a History Minor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MA in History with a Museum Studies Concentration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is currently a doctoral candidate at North Carolina State University working on a dissertation studying the people and communities associated with North Carolina’s Green Book listings who helped facilitate African American travel through the state.