Public Education project 

The Public Education Project (PEP) was created in 2018 by a group of concerned federal historians to develop a proactive historical outreach program. Operating under a special SHFG standing committee established in March 2020, the PEP will develop projects to encourage the U.S. public to learn more about and develop trust in their federal government.

Meet the PEP Team

Director and Committee Chair Judson MacLaury - Curator, History@fedgov; former editor of The Federalist; U.S. Dept. of Labor Historian, ret.
Vice Chair and Treasurer Mike Reis -
Senior Vice President at History Associates Incorporated; former SHFG president
Special Advisor Ben Guterman -
Editor of Federal History; recipient of SHFG’s Maryellen Troutman Award
David Coy – Marketing and Communications
Professional in the Bay Area
Lee Ann Potter -
Director of Educational Outreach at the Library of Congress; former SHFG president
Don Ritchie -
Senate Historian Emeritus
John Roberts – Former Chief Archivist, U.S. Bureau of Prisons; former
Chief of Museum Programs, National Park Service;  former SHFG president
Gwen Sinclair - Head of Government Documents, Univ. of Hawaii Library
Anne Strong - Marketing Director at HKPO Lean Six Sigma Experts
Carly Swaim - Museum Content Strategist and Storytelling Consultant;  Principal, Carly Swaim Consulting

The PEP kicked off its collaboration with the Society by initiating a suite of “Year One” projects that, combined with a 2019 Pilot Project, will set the stage for implementing these projected major efforts:
1. A program to promote better representation of federal history in the nation’s K-12 educational curriculum.
2. A nationwide historical messaging campaign to promote engaging stories about selected federal agencies.

Stay tuned to SHFG for news about our Year One and subsequent projects. A PEP website is under development that will provide more detail on the effort. Our success will depend to a large degree on your input and participation. We hope that as you the members of SHFG learn more about the PEP you will want to engage with a project to make federal history more front-of-mind for the U.S. public.

If you want to get involved or have questions please email the Director at


Society for History in the Federal Government
PO BOX 14139
Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044

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