Priya Chhaya

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I am a public historian who grew up outside the nation’s capital, wandered the streets of Colonial Williamsburg as an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary, and gained experience as a graduate student of public history at American University. Currently employed at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, I believe it is my role to preserve, protect, and interpret the past for future generations.

Most of my career has been at the National Trust for Historic Preservation where I direct digital content for preservation professionals through a variety of channels. My position involves developing cohesive materials for this website, the Forum blog, and enhanced content for our all the digital publication, Forum Journal. In addition to this work I also am the lead on all storytelling and content on

In April 2021 I became a member of the board of directors for the National Council on Public History.

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