Hello! My name is Katherine M. O’Bryan and I work for The Land Trust for Tennessee as the manager of Glen Leven Farm. In this role, I work to ensure that Glen Leven Farm is a safe and welcoming “front door” for The Land Trust. I develop and implement our adult and youth educational programs, as well as any public programming that occurs on the property. I work with our staff and land partners to ensure that the environment and landscape is being managed in the most sustainable way possible, in order to be a model of excellence in conservation.
I love my job. As manager of Glen Leven Farm, I get to interact and engage with people of all ages and walks of life. I enjoy sharing with members of the Tennessee community all of the stories about the past and all of the promise for the future that this place holds. I appreciate actively contributing to adults learning about the critical nature of our work, and helping children understand where their food comes from and why it is important that we work to protect land that is farmed, or land that might become a park, or land that might otherwise become developed. I love that I leave work at the end of every day knowing that what I do makes a difference.
I hold a BA in History, as well as an MA in History with an emphasis in Public History, and a PhD in Public History, all from Middle Tennessee State University. My MA studies focused primarily on historic preservation theory, methodology, and practice, as well as architectural history. Through my MA studies, as well as my assistantship at the Center for Historic Preservation, I developed a passion and knowledge for the preservation of historic sites and landscapes. Obtaining a doctorate has allowed me to further my goals of increasing my knowledge and skills in other areas of the public history field, including museum studies and oral history, as well as enabling me to pursue my interests in women’s history and the study of gendered spaces through a fieldwork-based study of a little-known rural cultural institution, the ladies rest room and lounge. My research interests include twentieth-century American architectural history, women’s history, and the study of gendered spaces.
I have worked individually and on teams to complete many diverse public history projects, several of which are displayed in this portfolio. For a complete listing of all of my project work, please see my CV.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking and running with my husband, Randy, our daughter, Annabelle,and our dog, Nacho.