Jessica Hanson is the Education Programs Coordinator at Travellers Rest Historic House Museum, the oldest house open to the public in Nashville. It was once the site of a prominent former Mississippian era pre-contact Indigenous community, later a Black landscape/former plantation built by Judge John Overton and enslaved/free Blacks starting in 1796. There, she collaborates to oversee diverse educational programs like field trips, summer camps, and 18th-19th century Trades Days, where she manages collaborations with skilled artisans. Her research focuses on preserving underrepresented communities' voices and landscapes and sharing their stories for the public's accessibility. Jessica is pursuing a Ph.D. in Public History, specializing in historic preservation, oral history, and material culture. Her dissertation centers on Black women historic preservationists in locations associated with Zora Neale Hurston. Jessica's passion for public history extends to her personal interests, including reading, nature, and visiting heritage tourism sites.