Austin has been a volunteer at the Big Sandy Heritage Center since our reopening in 2015. A native of Pikeville, he is an aspiring historian who is devoted to reigniting the humanities in rural areas such as ours. He is currently a student in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the world-renowned University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studies history & classics with a minor in Spanish.
In addition to being the designer & administrator of our website, Austin is our Civil War Era specialist volunteer. With training in digitization from the Kentucky Historical Society, he regularly confers with museum staff to develop new programs at the Center. He is the series writer for our Hearts of the Valley blog series.
Outside of the museum, he is also Chair of History Emeritus at James Klotter Chapter of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, a 2015 Lincoln Forum & Colloquium Student Scholar, and a 2016 Frank S. Land Scholar.
• Civil War Era specialist volunteer.
• HOTV series writer.
• Social media assistant.