Photo by Evan Whisnant, July 2017.

Anne Mitchell Whisnant is a professional historian whose teaching, research, speaking, consulting, and writing focus on public history, digital and geospatial history, and the history of the U.S. National Parks.

As of 2018, she is a public historian in private practice, working with her husband David Whisnant as co-principal of the public history consulting firm Primary Source History Services, based in Chapel Hill, NC. She was previously employed as a faculty member and administrator at East Carolina University and UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Dr. Whisnant received her Ph.D. in history from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1997 and in 2006 published Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History with the University of North Carolina Press. She is scholarly adviser for Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway, an online history collection developed collaboratively with the Park Service and the UNC Libraries. 

Since 2008, she has taught UNC’s Introduction to Public History course, in which her students have developed a number of digital exhibits related to Blue Ridge Parkway and university history. As a consultant, Dr. Whisnant has been the co-principal historian on several National Park Service projects, with two more presently underway. From 2008-12, she chaired a task force commissioned by the Organization of American Historians and the National Park Service to study historical practice within the Park Service. The resulting report, Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service, won the 2013 Excellence in Consulting Award from the National Council on Public History and is helping set a vision for future NPS historical work. 

A portal to all of Anne’s Blue Ridge Parkway-related work is here at

Links to Anne’s teaching materials may be found here.

And information on Anne’s work with the “alt-ac” (Ph.D.-prepared university administrator) community may be found here.

See Anne’s complete CV here.