Faye Jensen, Ph.D.
Born in Virginia, Faye Jensen received her B.A. from the University of Georgia and her Ph.D. from Emory University. She was trained as an archivist by the National Archives and Records Administration at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. While at the Carter Library, Dr. Jensen focused on the papers of the First Lady and published “‘These are Precious Years,’ The Papers of Rosalynn Carter,” in Modern First Ladies: Their Documentary Legacy. Dr. Jensen taught history for nearly twenty years at several colleges and universities, including Perimeter College in Atlanta, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and The Citadel. With an interest in the post-Civil War South, Dr. Jensen recently contributed a chapter to Making a New South, published by the University of Florida Press.
John Tucker is responsible for overseeing the business operations and finances at the South Carolina Historical Society. Born and raised in North Carolina, John is a graduate of North Carolina State University and has more than thirty-nine years management and supervisory experience with the National Park Service, state parks, and non-profit friend’s groups. He is responsible for financial management, human resources, information technology, and administrative operations for the Society. Prior to joining the Society in 2006, John was superintendent of Fort Sumter National Monument including Fort Moultrie and the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. After retiring from the National Park Service in 2006, he and his wife chose to remain in the beautiful lowcountry.
Virginia (Ginny) Zemp
Director of Development
Virginia (Ginny) Zemp grew up in Charleston. A graduate of Ashley Hall and the College of Charleston, she worked as a paralegal for more than a decade. She has lived all over the Palmetto State, including stints in Hilton Head, Beaufort, Georgetown, and Spartanburg. Ginny previously worked at the South Carolina Historical Society, handling programs and membership, and returned in 2011 to head up the Society’s new development department.
Matthew A. Lockhart
Editor, South Carolina Historical Magazine
Matthew Lockhart is editor of the South Carolina Historical Magazine. Originally from Landrum, South Carolina, he holds a B.A. in history from Wofford College and an M.A. in history from the University of South Carolina, where he is presently pursuing a Ph.D. in history. Matthew’s articles and reviews have been published in the South Carolina Historical Magazine, the Georgia Historical Quarterly, the Public Historian, and the Southeastern Geographer. He also has contributed entries to The South Carolina Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Matthew chairs the George C. Rogers, Jr. Book Award and the Malcolm C. Clark Article Award Committees.
Lauren Nivens is the editor of Carologue and also works with patrons in the research library. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Lauren holds a B.A. in historic preservation and community planning from the College of Charleston and an M.S. in historic preservation from the University of Vermont. Previously, Lauren has served as an acquisitions editor for Arcadia Publishing, where she acquired and managed development of new local history titles, and as editorial manager for BiblioLabs, where she oversaw the production of digital anthologies on historic topics.
Mary Jo Fairchild
Director of Archives and Research
Mary Jo Fairchild oversees archival operations and works with patrons in the library. A native of West Virginia, Mary Jo moved to Charleston in order to attend college. After receiving bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and history, both from the College of Charleston, Mary Jo began working at the Society in 2007 while she was completing her M.A. in history from the joint program at the College of Charleston and The Citadel. Mary Jo is accredited by the Academy of Certified Archivists and holds an MLIS from the University of South Carolina.
Karen Stokes has been an archivist with the Society since 1994. She has a B.A. in English from the College of Charleston and an M.S. in library and information science from the University of South Carolina. Her main focus is the processing and cataloging of our wonderful manuscript collection, and her primary area of interest is South Carolina in the Confederacy. She has published a number of articles on South Carolina history, and is the co-editor of Faith, Valor, and Devotion: The Civil War Letters of William Porcher Dubose, a collection of correspondence in our archives.
Events and Outreach Archivist
As our events and outreach archivist, Virginia Ellison manages and oversees events and programs hosted by the Society and also works with patrons in the SCHS reference library. She grew up in Marietta, Georgia and attended the College of Charleston, where she earned a B.S. in anthropology. She received her MLIS from the University of South Carolina in 2011 and attended the Georgia Archives Institute in June 2012. Virginia has a passion for Southern literature and history, nature, and animals. She left the Lowcountry for a brief time after college but was soon drawn back to Charleston, where she lives with her husband and their ever-entertaining pets.
Visual Materials Archivist
Celeste is central to a NHPRC grant-funded initiative to inventory and catalog the visual materials collections held at SCHS. Celeste was born in Bethesda, Maryland. Her father was a career naval officer and mother, a special education teacher. Growing up, Celeste’s family moved frequently, living all over the United States. Celeste began college at the Rhode Island School of Design and obtained a BFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico. Celeste originally became interested in archives through an undergraduate internship in the Elliot Elisofon Photo Archives at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art. In 2004, Celeste settled in Charleston and became one of the members in the inaugural class for the joint Master’s program in Historic Preservation between Clemson University and the College of Charleston, which she completed in 2006. Her thesis focused on the preservation of a photo collection at the Avery Institute for African-American History and Culture. Since graduating, Celeste has worked on collections for the Avery, College of Charleston, Beaufort County Library, and The Charleston Archive at CCPL. Celeste recently obtained accreditation with the Academy of Certified Archivists.
As Librarian for SCHS, Molly Inabinett works in a number of archival and library related tasks. These include cataloging, outreach, and working with patrons in the reference library. Molly is a Charleston native and received a B.A. in historic preservation and community planning from the College of Charleston in 2008. She is currently a University of South Carolina graduate student and will complete her MLIS in the fall of 2014. Molly has gained valuable experience processing archival collections and cataloging library materials through her work with other local institutions, including Historic Charleston Foundation, the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Department of Archives and Records Management, and the Charleston Library Society. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate careers, Molly has always had a passion for the preservation of South Carolina’s architectural and documentary heritage.
As Membership Coordinator, Parker works closely with all members of the SCHS. A native of New Jersey, Parker graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in History and Religious Studies. He is currently working on his Master’s in Computer Science at the College of Charleston Graduate School. He has always had a passion for South Carolina’s history and is excited to work with members and connect them with our collections.
Eric works in the reference library assisting patrons. Born in Kingstree, South Carolina, Eric now resides in Moncks Corner with his wife and two children. Eric attended Claflin University where he earned a B.A. in History. A sixteen year-veteran of the airline industry, Eric joined the SCHS is the summer of 2014 and is passionate about South Carolina history and culture.