Katherine "Katie" Ringsmith
Katherine "Katie" Ringsmith received her doctorate at Washington State University with concentrations in American, environmental and public history and is an independent historian based in Eagle River, Alaska. She is sole proprietor of Tundra Vision, public history consulting business that focuses on history exhibits and curator, Section 106 application, and education support. She currently is director of the <NN> Cannery History Project, and partners with local libraries in Anchorage to bring history-focused events to the general public via her Tundra Vision lecture series. She has taught history courses at the University of Alaska Anchorage, worked for the National Park Service and the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and has served on the board of the Alaska Historical Society, including as president. Katie has written five books for the National Park Service, including two on canneries: Beacon of the Forgotten Shore: Snug Harbor Cannery, 1919-1980 and Buried Dreams: the Rise and Fall of a Clam Cannery on the Katmai Coast. Her recent book, Alaska’s Skyboys: Cowboy Pilots and the Myth of the Last Frontier (2015), was published through the University of Washington Press, and she has authored multiple National Register nominations. For more about Katie and her personal connection to the <NN> Cannery, see her profile on the <NN> Cannery History Project's website.