2/1/2021: Virtual Rotary: Black History Month series, Part 1: The Past with the Hermitage

Join us for our three part Black History Month series on February 1, 8 and 22. We will explore the past, present and future of the civil rights movement.

The Past, presented by Andrew Jackson’ Hermitage

Erin Adams, Director of Education:

Erin Adams’ career has centered on the interpretation and management of historic sites and archives. Adams has served as the Director of Education at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage since 2014. Her career in historic sites began in 2003, although her fascination with historic buildings, artifacts, documents and stories began as a child. She has also served as an educator at several museums in the Washington, D.C. area, including Mount Vernon and the Carlyle House Historic Park. She established the Archives & Special Collections at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee and most recently filled the post of Executive Director at the Lee-Fendall House Museum in Alexandria, Virginia.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Adams received degrees in English and History from Freed-Hardeman University and an MA in Museum Studies from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her current side projects include a book on the personal papers of Aloise Taft, whose diaries chronicle women’s lives in Middle and East Tennessee during the Great Depression and getting ready to host The Hermitage’s first Future Presidents of America Leadership Camp.


Howard Kittell, President and CEO

Howard J. Kittell is the president and CEO of the Andrew Jackson Foundation, which owns and operates Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Driven by his passion for American history and the preservation of the sites and landscapes that illustrate those stories, he has held this position since November 2008. Prior to The Hermitage, Kittell was the executive director of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation in Virginia, assistant director of the Providence (R.I.) Preservation Society, executive director of the Preservation Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and then executive director of the Chestnut Hill Conservancy, also in Philadelphia.Since graduate school, one of Kittell’s career goals had been to work at a presidential museum. Andrew Jackson has proven to be a particularly interesting, consequential and colorful subject. Or, as he often says, “There is never a dull moment with A.J.!”
A Michigan native, Kittell holds a degree in urban planning from Michigan State University; his graduate studies were in architectural history and historic preservation at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Rotarians: We continue to monitor the news and guidelines on public meetings and have temporarily suspended in-person meetings.


We are currently hosting virtual Rotary meetings. You will receive call in information in each weekly newsletter and in a reminder email on Monday mornings. Meetings will be conducted via Zoom from 12:00-1:00 p.m.  Zoom allows for meetings to be held by audio (call in and listen on your phone) and by video (use your phone or computer to watch and listen).