Hartford Heritage Project Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is comprised of representatives from key partner institutions in the Hartford Heritage Program, experts in learning community pedagogy and programming, and academics who specialize in Hartford or Connecticut Studies. Advisory Council members collaborate with the Program Coordinator and Humanities Chair on programming, educational, and fundraising issues, as well as the direction and growth of the Endowed Hartford Heritage Program and assessment of its effectiveness. Advisory Council members guide and support the Program Coordinator in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations relevant to Hartford Heritage course development, student engagement, and fundraising. Advisory Council members serve in a volunteer capacity.

The following individuals serve on the advisory council:

Brian Cofrancesco, Head of Education, Connecticut's Old State House Click here for bio

Brian Cofrancesco is Head of Education at Connecticut’s Old State House where he oversees school programs, public tours, interpretation, and the museums internship program. He joined the Old State House team in 2014 after three years at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, and previously worked at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the Fralin Art Museum at the University of Virginia. He serves on committees for the Connecticut League of History Organizations, Connecticut Humanities and the Victorian Society in America, and on the board of the Meriden Historical Society. He holds a Bachelors of Architectural History from the University of Virginia.

Emily Dunnack, Connecticut Historical Society Click here for bio

Emily Dunnack, Head of Education Programs at the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) in Hartford, CT has worked in museum education over 12 years and has been at CHS for 10. She has a B.A in Art History from the University of Massachusetts and is working towards her Master’s in Education in the Leadership in Museum Education program at Bank Street College. Emily was a 2012 participant in the American Association of State and Local History’s Seminar for Historic Administration and a 2011 participant in the Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship for Museum Leaders at the Cooperstown Graduate Program.

Freddie McInerney, TheaterWorks Click here for bio

Freddie McInerney is Director of Communications and Marketing for TheaterWorks in downtown Hartford. She has been affiliated with TheaterWorks since 2008 where she also manages events and community relations at the theater's home, City Arts on Pearl. Freddie is co-founder of Paper New England a Hartford based visual arts organization and former Executive Director of Artworks Gallery (City Arts on Pearl tenant). Freddie received a B.S. in Marketing from Georgetown University and pursued graduate studies in Studio Arts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Sheryl N. Hack, Executive Director, Connecticut Landmarks Click here for bio

Ms. Hack, Connecticut Landmarks Executive Director since August 2005, has extensive experience in managing historic properties and collections. A graduate of the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture and New England College’s MS in Nonprofit Management, she previously worked at Canterbury Shaker Village in NH. At CTL, Ms. Hack has focused on planning and implementing initiatives aimed at forwarding a community and audience-focused 21st century vision for Connecticut Landmark’s 12 properties statewide.

Edgar Johnson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Urban Research, Education & Training Click here for bio

Edgar Johnson, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Center for Urban Research, Education and Training which serves Hartford’s large West Indian community, and he is Executive Editor/Producer of the West Indian American, Connecticut’s first newspaper serving the West Indian community. He has directed local and national research projects on practical benefits for the growth, education, and economic development of the Greater Hartford Community. He oversees various programs, including the West Indian American New Indian/Caribbean Organization and the West Indian American New Arrival Immigrant Program, Caribbean Family Resource Center Program. He is a native of Jamaica, Dr. Johnson has an undergraduate degree from Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica and an M.Div., M.A., and Ph.D. from Andrews University.

Brenda Miller, Executive Director, Hartford History Center Click here for bio

Brenda J. Miller is curator of the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library. Her responsibilities include connecting the community to heritage resources while maintaining, securing, and preserving the library’s special collection and archive, in all its formats, for future generations. She holds a BA in History from the University of Connecticut and a MA in American Studies, Museums, Archives and Communities from Trinity College, Hartford. She is a member of the Connecticut Explored editorial team (a magazine focused on Connecticut history); and serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford and on the Connecticut Olmsted Heritage Alliance. She was recently chosen as one of twenty-four candidates nationwide to take part in the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education at the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C.

Jack Mino, Coordinator, Learning Communities Program, Holyoke Community College Click here for bio

Jack Mino, Coordinator of the Holyoke Community College Learning Communities Program, is Professor of Psychology and what might be called “Interdisciplinary Human Studies.” He co-founded the Learning Communities Program at Holyoke Community College (HCC), Reuniting the Arts and the Sciences: Learning Communities in the Sciences and Humanities, with a $100,000 grant from NEH/NSF/FIPSE. He was the HCC Program Evaluation Coordinator for the Washington Center Learning Communities Dissemination Project which involved 20 adopting institutions nationwide working collaboratively to strengthen their LC programs, share best practices, and assess their efforts, and collaborated with James Dutcher to obtain a $100,000 grant to introduce learning communities statewide across public higher education institutions. In 2006-07 Jack was selected as a Carnegie Scholar to investigate how students construct interdisciplinary knowledge. Jack currently serves as a mentor to Capital Community College’s Hartford Heritage Project Team.

Johanna Plummer, Director of Education, Wadsworth Atheneum Click here for bio

Johanna Plummer, Georgette Auerbach Koopman Director of Education, has more than 14 years of experience in museums and universities. She came to the Wadsworth Atheneum in 2009 following seven years as the Curator of Education at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She has a BA in the History of Art from University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education from George Washington University.

Jennifer Roberts, Director of Education, Hartford Stage Co. Click here for bio

Jennifer Roberts is in her fifth season at Hartford Stage, having previously held the position of Education Associate for Literary and In-School Programs. Before coming to Hartford Stage, she worked as the Resident Teaching Artist at George Street Playhouse and served as the Artistic Director of the Papermill Children’s Theatre in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Her work as a director and playwright has been recognized by the Austin Circle of Theatres and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Her essay on the future of theatre and education, “Changing the How”, was published in the November 2008 issue of TCG’s American Theatre magazine. She received a Masters degree of Fine Arts in Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas at Austin.

Andrew Walsh, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Studies, Trinity College Click here for bio

Andrew Walsh, Ph.D., is associate director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life at Trinity College, where he teaches in the Cities Program. His Harvard doctoral dissertation (1996), “For Our Cities Welfare: Building a Protestant Establishment in Late Nineteenth Century Hartford,” addressed religious and demographic change in the period when Hartford was emerging as a significant American manufacturing center. He has taught courses at Trinity on Hartford’s history since the mid-1990s, served as a consultant to area historical institutions, and frequently gives talks on history of the region.

Matthew Warschauer, Ph.D., Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University Click here for bio

Matthew Warshauer, Ph.D., is Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University and Co-Chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission. The author of three books, Dr. Warshauer is a specialist on nineteenth century political and constitutional history, Andrew Jackson, and the American Civil War. He also works closely with the public history community in Connecticut to help bring the state’s history to residents.

Olivia White, Executive Director, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Inc Click here for bio

Ms. White joined the staff of The Amistad Center in January 2000 as development officer and was named Executive Director in 2004. Prior to that Ms. White held positions with the City of New York, Housing and Development Administration, and CIGNA Corporation and has been a consultant in the areas of fund development and marketing. Ms. White serves on the Governance Board of Hartford Performs, Advisory Board of the Hartford History Center, Board of Overseers for The Bushnell and the CT Civil War Commemoration Commission. She holds a BA from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a MBA from the University of Connecticut.