Session 2 Bios:  Making Preservation Public: Disseminating 50+ Years of Research & Documentation

Friday, October 16, 1:00pm - 2:30pm


Michael Emmons, Jr. - Chair/Moderator

Michael J. Emmons, Jr. is the Assistant Director and Senior Architectural Historian at the University of Delaware's Center for Historic Architecture and Design, and is a Board member of Preservation Delaware. He holds an MA in Historic Preservation from the University of Delaware, and a MA in History from the University of Connecticut. He is currently a PhD candidate in Preservation Studies at the University of Delaware. He teaches the foundational course in the Historic Preservation Certificate Program at UD, Theory and Practice of Historic Preservation.


Connor Graham

Connor Graham, CA is a processing archivist and supervisor of collections at Delaware Public Archives. She has eight years of experience in the archival world and oversees DPA’s processing archivists, imaging archivist, and audiovisual archivist. Connor earned her bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of Delaware. She received her Master’s in Library and Information Science with a concentration in archival studies from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016. Connor is excited to participate in CHAD’s Making Preservation Public session.

Kyle Edwards

Kyle Edwards is an archaeologist for the Delaware Department of Transportation who specializes in Historical Archaeology of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Prior to joining DelDOT, Kyle completed his BA at the College of William and Mary, an MA in Historical Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and an MA in Anthropology at the University of Virginia. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Virginia with a dissertation that analyzes the 19th-Century Plantation landscapes in central Virginia.   Kyle also serves as a member of Delaware’s State Review Board, which aids the Division of Historical and Cultural affairs with National Register nominations.

Theresa Hessey

Theresa Hessey is Digital Collections Librarian in the Digital Collections and Preservation Department at the University of Delaware’s Morris Library, where she focuses on creating, describing, and providing access to digital collections. She has published on Newark and Delaware history, and works closely with the Delaware Digital Newspaper Project.

Catherine Morrissey

Catherine Morrisseyis the Associate Director of the University of Delaware’s Center for Historic Architecture and Design (CHAD).  She is an architectural historian who holds an MA in Urban Affairs and Public Policy with a concentration in Historic Preservation, and is currently a PhD candidate in Preservation Studies at the University of Delaware. Her dissertation work, entitled How Buildings Change: Historic Preservation and Material Integrity of Early Historic Districts focuses on quantifying and analyzing material change in small historic districts in the Mid-Atlantic, to understand material replacement to historic structures.  Additionally, she teaches courses in Architectural Documentation and Vernacular Architecture for the Historic Preservation Certificate Program at the University of Delaware.  

Jenifer Anderson-Reno

Jenifer Anderson-Reno is a Cultural Preservation Specialist and Manager of the Cultural Resources Research Center at the Delaware state historic preservation office. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, and an M.A. in Historic Preservation and Museum Studies Certificate from the University of Delaware.

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