Fort Lewis College Hires new Director for Center of Southwest Studies

Ann Butler, The Durango Herald
December 17, 2015

"The first female director in the 50-year history of the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College will take the helm in February.

Shelby Tisdale comes to the center from the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, where she was vice president for curatorial and exhibitions.

“What sparked my interest in this position is that I see the Center of Southwest Studies as being at the crossroads where the interpretation of human history and historic preservation are debated and discussed in an environment that is respectful to both ideological and cultural differences,” Tisdale said.

Tisdale holds degrees from the University of Colorado, the University of Washington and the University of Arizona. Her areas of expertise include anthropology and archaeology, particularly the Southwest. She also has worked in repatriation and museum direction.

Before going to the Autry, she served as executive director of the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, New Mexico, and the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe."

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