Project Team

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International Museum of the Horse Staff

Amy Beisel, Director

Karen Lanier, Digital Project Manager

Bill Bright, Curator of Exhibits

Emily Lozon, Curator of Collections

Ashlee Chilton, Education Coordinator

Robbie Sharpe, Information Technology Director

Student and Contract Staff

Emily Thomas, Museum Assistant

Brittany Petty, Museum Assistant and Designer

Michael Phelps, Content Coordinator, Graduate Student Intern

Emily Libecap, Content Administrator, Graduate Student Intern

Kenyarna Harden, Content Administrator, Graduate Student Intern

Cynthia Maharrey, Oral History Coordinator, Intern

James Shambhu, Graphic Designer

Trish Noe, Graphic Designer

HG&Co, Audience Evaluation and Strategy Consultant

Message Agency, Website Designer and Developer

Project Advisory Committee

Jim Casey, Center for Digital Humanities at the University of Delaware

Anastasia Curwood, University of Kentucky

Sarah Dorpinghaus, University of Kentucky

Vanessa Holden, University of Kentucky

Randolph Hollingsworth, H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online

Sharon Leon, Omeka and Michigan State University

David McKenzie, Ford's Theatre

Katherine Mooney, Florida State University

Travis Robinson, Phoenix Rising Lex

Becky Ryder, Keeneland Library


Bill Cooke, Director Emeritus of International Museum of the Horse 

Yvonne Giles, Community Historian

Teacher Representatives

Carla Criswell, Hopkinsville Middle School, Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Annabeth Edens, Royal Spring Middle School, Georgetown, Kentucky

Lorrie Fraley, Western Hills High School, Frankfort, Kentucky

Andrew Johnson, Elkhorn Middle School, Frankfort, Kentucky

Logan Layne, Locust Trace Agriscience Center, Lexington, Kentucky

Bettymarie McClanahan, Phelps Jr. and Sr. High School, Pike County, Kentucky

Jaronda McPherson, Tates Creek High School, Lexington, Kentucky

Felicia Smyzer, Bellarmine University

Azra Terzich, Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky

Wendy Young, Northern Elementary School, Lexington, Kentucky

Women Writing African American Horse Stories

Merlene Davis

Kenyarna Harden

Emily Hudson

Shauna Morgan

Institutional Partners

African Cemetery Number Two

Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum

American Saddlebred Museum

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate

James Madison’s Montpelier

Kentucky Derby Museum

Kentucky Historical Society

Lexington Public Library, Northside Branch Digital Studio

The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

National Steeplechase Museum

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy

University of Kentucky Libraries

University of Louisville Oral History Center

Website Developer

Message Agency


The Institute of Library and Museum Services

The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation

The Kentucky Horse Park

Kentucky Foundation for Women