EXPERTISE: Olivia Mahoney’s area of expertise includes but is not limited to the following Chicago topics: the fur trade; innovation; and Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.
EXPERIENCE: Chicago History Museum: Curatorial Staff, 1980–present
EDUCATION: M.A., Museum Studies, Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York, 1980; B.S., Education, emphasis in American History, Student of Distinction, Northwestern University, 1974.
In addition to Lincoln’s Undying Words, Ms. Mahoney has curated many exhibitions, including Abraham Lincoln Transformed (2009); Chicago: Crossroads of America, the Museum’s core exhibition (2006); and Go West! Chicago and American Expansion (1999).
Ms. Mahoney has also developed two prize-winning exhibitions with Eric Foner of Columbia University: A House Divided: American in the Age of Lincoln for CHM (1990) and America’s Reconstruction: People and Politics After the Civil War, a traveling exhibition that opened at the Virginia Historical Society (1995). Their catalogue for A House Divided received the Gustavus Myers Award for outstanding book on human rights in the United States. Most recently, the film Ms. Mahoney scripted for Abraham Lincoln Transformed received an honorable mention in the American Association of Museums Muse competition. Ms. Mahoney has served on several review and advisory panels, including the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum.