NHA News Release: November 1, 2016


NHA’s Sacerdote Chair of Education & Outreach Marjan Shirzad to attend Developing History Leaders @SHA Program

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce that Marjan Shirzad, the NHA’s Sacerdote Chair of Education & Outreach, has been selected for a three-week leadership program called Developing History Leaders @SHA, from a group of national applicants. Shirzad will travel from Nantucket to Indianapolis, Indiana from October 29 through November 19, 2016 to attend this program. This prestigious group is comprised of museum professionals who are serving the history field in a position of responsibility or preparing for such a position.

Founded in 1959, Developing History Leaders @SHA is the premier professional development seminar for leaders in history organizations of all types and sizes. Formerly called the Seminar for Historical Administration, the program provides history professionals the tools, ideas, and connections to become highly effective leaders and managers of history organizations and non-profit organizations. More than 900 people have attended SHA since 1959.

The program employs case studies, workshops, forums, and field trips to present and engage the best practices and ideas of history organization leadership and management. @SHA combines depth—three weeks of engagement in deep discussion about challenging issues—with breadth—discussions with nationally recognized leaders in the history/museum field. It brings together current and future leaders to learn in an intimate, collegial atmosphere. Topics in the curriculum include: The Value and Practice of Public History, Best Practices for Social Justice, Entrepreneurial Strategies for History Organizations, Building a Winning Team, and others.

“I am honored to be representing the Nantucket Historical Association at this celebrated institution for museum professionals,” says Marjan Shirzad. “I am looking forward to an exciting three weeks of education and inspiration, and I can’t wait to bring back to Nantucket all of the insights that I’m sure to gain during my time away.”

After receiving a BA in Asian Studies - Middle East Concentration from the University of Virginia and an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths College - University of London in 2006, Shirzad spent half a decade traveling to the four corners of the globe (including Antarctica and the Arctic) working on educational and sustainability programs and expeditions for youth and adults. She moved to Nantucket in 2009 and joined the Nantucket Historical Association to further the organization's education programs in her first year.  Since then, her position has grown to oversee the education, interpretation, public programs, marketing/PR and membership departments. Born in Tehran, Iran, Shirzad speaks English, French, and Farsi fluently.

“We are very pleased that Marjan was chosen to join other professionals from across the country at the Developing History Leaders @SHA program,” says Bill Tramposch, NHA Gosnell Executive Director. “For more than fifty years, this revered residential program has been peopling our profession with its future leaders, and I am delighted that the NHA is so well represented in this year's class.”

SHA’s class of 2016 includes attendees from across the United States:

Aaron Genton - Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill
Chris Goodlett - Kentucky Derby Museum
Chris Miller - National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Ellen Paulin - Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
Gretchen Bulova - Office of Historic Alexandria
Jayne Becker - Minnesota Historical Society, Alexander Ramsey House
Jennifer Hiatt - Indiana Historical Society
Jessica Stavros - Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site
Julie Kemper - Kentucky Historical Society
Karen Hassel - Ohio History Connection
Kate Morland - The Henry Ford   
Kelly Klobucher - Hegeler Carus Mansion
Marjan Shirzad - Nantucket Historical Association
Martin Tuohy - Naval History and Heritage Command
Matthew Toland - Campbell Center for Historic Preservation
Shakia Gullette - Banneker - Douglass Museum
Sondra Rierson - Minnesota Historical Society
Stephen Light - Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello