a mother, reader, writer and historian, singer, and sometime artist.
in doing all we can to preserve the biodiversity of our planet and make its wonders widely known.
Cinder is a retired historian with a great interest in the history of Albemarle County—and also Rockbridge County, where she now lives. She provides historical research expertise for cultural resource projects in the central Virginia Region. Her most recent CUH work was focused on exploring a section of the Ragged Mountains (where she used to live) as part of the Hedgerow Natural and Cultural Resource Assessment. The observation of birds, bugs, and plants is a passion, especially Virginia’s native plants and their pollinators. She is a Master Naturalist and sometimes joins the biological survey crew for natural community surveys.
In 2012 Cinder retired as Senior Historian at Monticello, where for more than thirty years she was lucky to have the multifaceted Jefferson as her research topic. She has published articles on Jefferson and agriculture, science, and natural history, and eleven of her essays on slavery and the enslaved community were published in book form in 2012. In the 1990s, she was instrumental in inaugurating a number of Monticello programs related to slavery, including Getting Word, an oral history project that involved traveling all over the country to interview descendants of Monticello’s African American families. For fifteen years she coordinated the activities of the Charlottesville local history group, Central Virginia History Researchers.