We at the Churchill County Museum are excited to welcome our new director, Teri Hedgpeth!
Teri Hedgpeth is passionate about preserving and sharing history with over 20 years of experience in archives, museums, and historic entities. She began her career in public history with the National Archives in Washington, D.C. working there as well as completing their Modern Archives Institute. From there, she became an archivist for the U.S. Navy then the U.S. Air Force. Teri has also served as the director of the Western History Center in Casper, Wyoming using her tool of research in oral history from graduate school to begin the Casper College Oral History Cooperative that captured the voices and memories of Natrona County and Beyond.
Most recently Teri served as the director of Archives and Curator of Collections for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee from 2012 to 2020. As the historic steward for United States Olympic History, Teri also led the building campaign for Olympic Committee’s new archives, served on multiple committees for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and created Olympic-themed exhibits that traveled across the country.
Teri has two degrees in U.S. history and is currently working on her second masters in Olympic Studies at the German Sport University in Cologne, Germany. She is a published poet and author with her latest work “Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” that examined government pressure on the U.S. Olympic Committee in 1980 to boycott the Moscow Olympic Games.
Teri’s passion for sharing history also includes serving as affiliate and adjunct faculty respectively for Regis University in Denver and Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs where she led U.S. history, military history, and immigration history courses.
Teri loves the west and is excited to return to it. She was born in California and has lived in Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona, and Colorado, as well as Nevada previously [Just to name a few of the states she has lived in as a former Air Force spouse].