Hilary Bergen, CIP

Historian | Effervescent Strategist

“I’m a people person! My passion is working with others to solve problems and communicate cohesive and effective narratives.”

Work at HAI

Hilary is a historian, content developer, project manager, and interpretive planner. A passionate life-long learner, Hilary’s varied interests and thirst for knowledge have resulted in a multidisciplinary career at HAI—she excels at litigation research and content development projects alike. Her work has taken her to cities across the country. You can find her researching at a small-town historical society, facilitating a planning workshop at a National Park, and everywhere in-between.    

Whether mapping-out a multi-city research trip or crafting a comprehensive exhibit storyline, Hilary believes careful and thoughtful planning is an integral step in any project. She enjoys collaborating with project teams and takes pride in finding creative solutions and strategies to fit her clients’ needs and questions.

Her exhibit and interpretive planning clients include: 

  • America’s Black Holocaust Museum 
  • Jimmy Carter National Historic Site 
  • Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience
  • Pearson Education
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks 
  • Sitka National Historical Park 
  • Steamtown National Historic Site 
  • U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame
  • U.S. Department of State

Additional topical research areas include: 

  • Industrial site research and analysis 
  • Corporate and business histories 
  • Manufacturing processes and standard procedures
  • Federal, state, and local environmental regulatory history 
  • Atomic Energy Commission 
  • The role of government contractors in 21st century wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Path to HAI

For as long as she can remember, Hilary has always had a passion for learning. Before joining HAI, Hilary completed internships with the Office of the House Historian and the National Archives. She also worked with the Museum and Guest Services Departments at Mission San Juan Capistrano in Southern California. Hilary graduated magna cum laude from American University with a BA in history and a minor in anthropology. Hilary is also a Certified Interpretive Planner with the National Association for Interpretation.