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Gov. Cooper appoints EBCI member to North Carolina Historical Commission

Shana Bushyhead Condill of Cherokee was appointed by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to serve as a member of the state’s Historical Commission. A professional historian, Condill is the Executive Director for the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. She previously worked for the National Gallery of Art and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“Congratulations to Shana Bushyhead Condill on being appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to the NC Historical Commission,” EBCI Cheif Richard Sneed stated. “She is a tribal member, true scholar, and historian. She is a perfect selection for this position.  Shana, we are proud of you and happy that the Governor recognized your excellence. I have no doubt that you will represent the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians with great proficiency and that you will further the proliferation of Cherokee history and culture.”

The North Carolina Historical Commission is an 11-member board of professional historians and interested citizens that oversee the state’s Office of Archives and History.  Located within the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the Commission is charged with setting policy for the state’s identification, location management and preservation of historical documents, artifacts, sites and properties. Founded in 1903, NC’s historical Commission is the third oldest historical agency in the nation. 

The North Carolina Historical Commission provides advice and guidance to the state’s National Register Advisory Committee, and performs review and approval for new monuments located on state property. The North Carolina Historical Commission meets two to four times per year. The Deputy Secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources serves as the Secretary of the commission.

Condill was one of two WNC residents appointed last week by Gov. Cooper to serve on the commission. Barbara L. Groome of Asheville, who works as a professor of history was also appointed. Groome is a retired teacher of North Carolina History and Geography and English Language Arts from Asheville High School. Groome also did historical research of the Chestnut Hill District of Asheville for UNC Asheville.

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