Heidi Stello, a longtime employee of the James Monroe Museum and the Papers of James Monroe, was named associate editor of the Papers and archivist of the museum effective August 18, 2022.
Heidi’s association with James Monroe began in 1999, when she was hired as a guide at the James Monroe Museum while still in high school. Over time, she took on additional, varied responsibilities, including brief stints as interim curator and (since 2017) portrayal of First Lady Elizabeth Monroe. As archivist, Heidi will inventory, catalog, and maintain the museum’s collection of 15,000 historic manuscripts and 8,000 books, and help facilitate research, exhibits, and publications.
The Papers of James Monroe brought Heidi into the publication project in 2000 as a UMW student aide. Four years later she became an editorial assistant, and in 2017 was made assistant editor. The transition to associate editor reflects Heidi’s extensive project experience and the key role she plays in the processes of researching, writing, and editing.
Bob Karachuk, editor and project director of the Papers of James Monroe, applauds Heidi’s promotion:
“Heidi’s contributions to historical understanding of James Monroe range far beyond the ordinary work of preparing his papers for publication. She has given public talks, curated museum exhibits, created research tools, spearheaded special projects, and shared her expertise with others exploring the man and his legacy. Her knowledge of the documentary record of Monroe’s life is second only to that of Dan Preston, our founding editor.”
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