Staff Profile

Thomas D. Mackie, Museum Director

Job Description: Manage daily operations of presidential library and museum

  • Oversee programs, exhibits, internal research and special events
  • Work on university long-range planning and museum budget
  • Maintain network with Lincoln and Civil War Scholars and museums
  • Public presentations on documentaries, local TV and to regional civic and educational groups
  • Work with professional staff and interns on relevant museum research projects
  • Standing member of the University Research Committee
Phone: 423.869.7100
Office: Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum

Education and Background

    Post-graduate studies in American History, Public History and Historiography, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI, ABD status current

    Master of Arts in Teaching. Muskingum College; New Concord OH, 2004.

    Master of Science, Historic Preservation and Heritage Interpretation. School of Geology and Geography, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti MI, 1983

    Bachelor of Arts. Major in History, Minor in Social Science. Spring Arbor College, (Spring Arbor University) Spring Arbor MI, 1981

Scholarly Highlights

    Research areas: Museum operations in the United States and Inland River Navigation prior to steam technology.

    Guest Scholar: Making Sense of the American Civil War program at the London Kentucky Public Library, 2012 and University of Virginia at Wise in Public History, from 2012.

    Book Review – Lincoln Herald Vol 113(4) (Winter 2012): “Killing Lincoln: A Near Fiction” – A review of Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Duggard.

    Guest lecturer: Lincoln and the Constitution Knoxville County Public Library and the East Knoxville Historical Society, January 2012.

    Book chapter: “Abraham Lincoln and African Americans: A View Across the Racial Divide” in Abraham Lincoln, Kentucky African Americans and the Constitution. (Underground Railroad Research Institute: University of Louisville) February 2010

    Course Pack: Introduction to Human Geography: Geo 211. LAD Custom Publishing, 2010

    Book Reviewer, American Association for State and Local History (AASLH): Beginning February 2007.

Personal Interest

Hiking, fine scale modeling, music: trombone and highland bagpipes.