Historian Hilary Bergen manages a variety of museum exhibit and interpretive planning projects. She conducts planning for exhibits and historic sites, drafts exhibit text, develops museum content, and conducts content and image research. Her project experience includes content development, writing, and research for the National Soccer Hall of Fame, U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms, Levi Jordan Plantation Historic Site, and multiple exhibits for the National Park Service.
In addition to her work in the exhibit and interpretive fields, Hilary has managed and worked on a number of projects relating to environmental litigation and litigation on 21st century conflicts. For these matters, she has conducted online and textual research at repositories across the country, from city and municipal archives and local historical societies to the National Archives and the Library of Congress.
Before joining History Associates, she completed internships with the Office of the House Historian and the National Archives and worked with the Museum and Guest Services Departments at Mission San Juan Capistrano in Southern California. She graduated magna cum laude from American University with a BA in history. Her senior thesis, “Strangers to Fear: Women Travelers, the Enlightenment and Russia in the Eighteenth Century,” studied identity, nationality, and gender in women’s travel memoirs.