Meet Our Speakers

Join us in the The Church at Dallas Heritage Village to here talks about preservation, historic films, historical resources, and more.

Rae DeShong is a reference librarian at Richland College in Dallas who serves as a library liaison to professors and teaches students how to use library resources.
William Hansard
William J. Hansard is a 3rd-year Ph.D. student in the Transatlantic History program at the University of Texas at Arlington. William’s research interests include the history of popular culture, historical geography, public history, and digital humanities. While earning his undergraduate degree at UTA, William served as a research assistant on a wide variety of projects, from mapping 18th-century scientific expeditions into Arkansas to tracking down newspaper accounts of the American presence at the Poznań International Fair. His dissertation will revolve around labor in the traveling circus during the Gilded and Progressive ages. William’s talk will be about the value of circus route books and other “circus paper” to a wide variety of scholars. Route books, similar to yearbooks, contain not only events in the circus, but also a wide variety of information related to the towns they visited. William studied circus sources during his internship experiences in the archives at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. In 2017, William was one of two interns hired by The Ringling to work on the CLIR grant project Step Right Up: Digitizing Over 100 Years of Circus Route Books. In 2018, William returned to the Ringling archives to work on a project digitizing circus-related items in a newspaper collection.
Nicky Emery
Nicky DeFreece Emery is an architect and architectural conservator with McCoy Collaborative Preservation Architecture and is also the owner of Adaptǀre:Adapt Preservation and Conservation, LLC. She has been practicing in the fields of architectural history, historic preservation and architectural conservation for over 15 years, and is also a licensed architect. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, where she specialized in the study of Art and Architectural History. She continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received a Master of Science in Historic Preservation with a concentration in building materials conservation, and at the University of Texas at Arlington where she earned a Master of Architecture. She has performed conservation and preservation work in the majority of U.S. regions, and at National Historic Landmarks, State Antiquities Landmarks, and Save America’s Treasures sites. In addition to her professional work, Ms. Emery has been active in numerous organizations including Preservation Dallas, the Association for Preservation Technology International and APT Texas, and the American Institute for Conservation. She is Past President of Preservation Dallas and the APT Texas chapter.

Rae DeShong

Locating research material for Little Egypt: A learning experience


William Hansard

Events of More Or Less Importance’: The Value of Circus Route Books to Historians


Nicky DeFreece Emery

John, a Boy


Jeremy Spracklin
Jeremy is the curator for the G. William Jones Film and Video archive at SMU which oversees and digitizes the film collections for local TV stations, KERA, KRLD/KDFW and WFAA. In addition to his archive responsibilities, he works in projection and technical roles for the USA, Telluride, Mountainfilm, Sedona and Traverse City Film Festivals. He has BA degrees in both History and Philosophy and an MA in History, all from UT Arlington.
Tiffany Bailey

Jeremy Spracklin

Finding History in Local TV News Archives


Tiffany Bailey

Fine Arts Special Collections at the Dallas Public Library


Morgan Gerienger & Evilu Pridgeon

Collecting “The Dallas Way”: A Partnership to Preserve LGBTQ Archives at UNT