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Carlyn Swaim

Vice President – Exhibits and Interpretive Planning

carly-swaimCarlyn Swaim oversees a variety of projects for History Associates, where she serves as director of exhibits and interpretive planning. Her work experience includes directing museum and interpretive planning projects, developing exhibit content, researching civilian and military records, and conducting oral histories. Carly specializes in modern military and business history for a variety of federal agencies, museums and cultural institutions, and corporate clients. Specific client work includes:

  • Exhibit master planning for the U.S. Navy, the National Coast Guard Museum, and the World War II Aviation Museum.
  • Exhibit text writing for the three American Battle Monument Commission visitor centers, NAVSEA, the Meijer Heritage Center, and the Merchant Marine Gallery at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
  • Book editing for It’s the Real Thing Here: The Letters of Helen L.K. Porter in World War I (2010).
  • Smartphone app content development for the Trust for the National Mall, the American Battle Monuments Commission, and Gettysburg College.
  • Commemorative program development for Gettysburg College. Commemoration project involved interpretive planning and development of a smartphone app, a commemorative film, and interpretive signage.
  • Image research: securing usage rights to copyrighted images or identifying public domain images for museums and visitors centers.
  • Historical research: Examining and collecting records at archives, libraries, and government repositories, such as the National Archives and the Library of Congress.

Carly holds an MA in history from the University of Maryland, College Park and earned her bachelor’s degree in history from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She previously interned with the U.S. Navy Museum at the Washington Navy Yard and studied abroad at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford, England. Her Master’s Thesis, “Cast Off: Maritime Labor in America, 1935-1955,” focuses on the role of labor in the transformation and decline of the American merchant marine.


Carlyn Swaim
Job Title
Director of Exhibits and Interpretive Planning
History Associates
300 N. Stonestreet Avenue,
Rockville, MD, 20850
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