Research Assistants

Meet our team of student researchers from UNC Asheville who have contributed to the 828’s work.

Emily Kerr

Emily Kerr is the 2023 Johnny Baxter Fellow for the 828 Project. She is a history major with a passion for local history education that has brewed over a lifetime of historical volunteer work. She also loves traveling to visit castles, reading fantasy novels, playing piano, and hiking.

Michael Dennis

Michael Dennis is a junior and a history major with a focus on modern and US history. His focus is on political turmoil or intrigue as well as examining capitalism's influence on historical events. He loves food and cooking, listening to music and discussing music with other people.

Rebecca Kelley

Rebecca Kelley is a junior history major who plans to pursue a career in museums or historic preservation. In addition to her interest in local, military, and maritime history, Rebecca also enjoys working with her two horses, gardening, reading and writing novels, knitting, and generally being outdoors.

Eboné Graham

Eboné Graham is a senior religious studies major with an interest in equity and social justice. As a mother, her hands are often full, but she enjoys reading, listening to music and engaging with the communities she's connected to in her free time.

Hayley Kintz

Hayley Kintz is a junior history major who is interested in Museum Studies and Archival Science. When she is not studying food history or genocide studies, Hayley spends her time cooking, listening to podcasts, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Tori Rigsby

Tori Rigsby is a native of Buncombe County who also wishes to work in public history. In addition to his love of history, he describes himself as an avid climber, dog dad, plant enthusiast, and fly fisherman.

Nick Wilson

Nick Wilson is a senior history major with plans to pursue work in the archival or museum fields. In addition to his interest in local history, Nick also enjoys reading, baseball, and hiking.

Ana Rodriguez

Ana Rodriguez is a senior New Media major who has been a Research Assistant on the 828 project since fall of 2022. She is responsible for the coding, layout, and map creation for the Old Shiloh project.