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Dr. Erica Nuckles is an award-winning museum leader, curator, educator, and scholar who currently serves as the Director of Learning, Engagement, and Partnerships at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art and as an adjunct professor at Seton Hill University.  From 2014-2021, she was the Director of History & Collections at Fort Ligonier and the Braddock's Battlefield History Center. She is an alumnus of the 2013 Yale Public History Institute and has worked at several museums and historic sites in the Washington D.C. area and the Hudson River Valley.


Erica grew up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and holds a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Wyoming, a Master of Arts in museum studies from the George Washington University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in history from the University of Albany, SUNY.  She and her husband, Drue Spallholz, live in Ligonier where they own and operate The Eastwood Inn and The Getaway Cafe.

Erica Nuckles, PhD,  Director of Learning, Engagement and Partnerships, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art

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