Director of Museum Outreach
Dr. Talbott is a public historian, specializing in American material culture, and an experienced interpretive and exhibition planner. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College, an M.A. from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. Principal of Talbott Exhibits and Planning, she served as President of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania from April 2013 to June 2016. Among her career highlights are her role as associate director of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary and chief curator of “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World,” the international traveling exhibition commemorating the anniversary of Franklin’s 300th birthday (2003-2008), and the creation of the content for the Benjamin Franklin Museum at Franklin Court, which opened in August 2013. She has also served as senior project manager to assist the Barnes Foundation with its collection move from Merion, PA, to Philadelphia; consulting curator for 15 years for Moore College of Art & Design; consultant for the Philadelphia documentary company History Making Productions; and planning consultant for dozens of historical organizations including Historic Morven, the Lancaster County Historical Society, and Historic Germantown. Dr. Talbott is the author and editor of several books and monographs, as well as dozens of articles on a variety of topics, ranging from American fine and decorative arts to cultural history. She has lectured and taught extensively, on a variety of topics.