I am a historian who grew up outside the nation’s capital, wandered the streets of Colonial Williamsburg as an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary, and gained experience as a graduate student of public history at American University. Currently employed at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, I believe it is my role to preserve, protect, and interpret the past for future generations.

My current research project centers around multidisciplinary storytelling

Current Work

Most of my career has been at the National Trust for Historic Preservation where I direct digital content for preservation professionals through a variety of channels. My position involves providing strategic direction and content development for the website (I was the project manager for the site's re-launch in June 2016), the Forum blog, and enhanced content for our all digital publication, Forum Journal. In conjunction to my duties I also market materials to professionals via the central National Trust social media channels.

My work also includes producing training and content for preservation professionals through Preservation Leadership Training and PastForward, the annual conference of the National Trust.

Additional Public History Work

Mosaic by artist Loring Cornish called “Peace be Within These Walls” at the Banneker-Douglass Museum. | Credit: Priya Chhaya

Mosaic by artist Loring Cornish called “Peace be Within These Walls” at the Banneker-Douglass Museum. | Credit: Priya Chhaya

Past Experience

  • Interned at the National Park Service working with HABS/HAER/HALS and the National Historic Landmark Program.

  • Interned at the British Museum in London, England (2005) where I developed a poster exhibition for the Clore Education Centre. Through this I gained experience in exhibit design, storyboarding, and label writing.

  • Interned at the National Museum of American History working in the education department to develop pre-school programming for America on the Move. In a previous internship in what is now the Digital and New Media team I worked on HistoryWired, an online exhibit of objects from across the museum.

A few years ago the American Historical Association interviewed me for their Careers in History column.

Learn more about my work as a Public Historian on LinkedIn.

Words from attendees at the 2018 National Book Festival. | Credit: Priya Chhaya

Words from attendees at the 2018 National Book Festival. | Credit: Priya Chhaya