Elizabeth Goetsch received her undergraduate degree in history from New Mexico State University with the understanding that history is complex and sometimes difficult and that historic sites provide ample opportunities to engage the public with our complex past. She received her Master's in history with an emphasis in Public History, (with a further focus in Cultural Resources Management) at Middle Tennessee State University.
Her time in grad school was divided between reading, writing, reading, writing, coursework, reading, more writing, and working as an interpretative park ranger at Stones River National Battlefield. Elizabeth's thesis served as the culmination of my work and studies- a piece about how people perceive their surroundings, how surroundings impact people, and how using landscape in interpretation serves as a viable way to engage the public about history. She also dabbled in digital media while in school, particularly in using film-making as a method to teach history.
Prior to leaving the National Park Service, Elizabeth gained further experience working at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Andersonville National Historic Site. She now works freelance, writing, consulting, and developing history projects locally. Elizabeth manages (and oftentimes leads) interpretive programs for the historic walking tour company, Echoes of Nashville.