Amanda began working for the Lee-Fendall House Museum in 2017 and led efforts to expand the museum’s interpretation to include the stories of African-Americans, women, and labor history at the site as well as create innovative public programs. In 2018, she was recognized as one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “40 Under 40: People Saving Places.”
Amanda’s work as a public historian is driven by a belief in history’s relevance and the power it has to shape us as individuals, communities, and as a nation. Prior to her work at Lee-Fendall, Amanda helped to interpret a more inclusive American narrative at places like McLeod Plantation Historic Site, the National Mall, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She holds a degree in history from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.
Dina grew up in an environment that constantly encouraged curiosity and learning and was exposed to world history and culture from a young age. Among Dina’s favorite memories of her childhood are trips with her mother to museums, archeological sites, and historic cities around the world. Visits to old Cairo and the pyramids of Giza first sparked her fascination with the past.
Dina brings a wealth of experience in a variety of fields, including education. Since moving to the United States in 2014, Dina expanded her knowledge of American history and gained experience in the museum field through volunteering and working at several Virginia museums, having most recently held a position at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Dina believes in the crucial role museums play in educating the public, particularly younger generations, about the past and its relevance.