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Dr. Turkiya L. Lowe

National Park Service's Chief Historian & Deputy Federal Preservation Officer

About Dr. Turkiya Lowe

Dr. Turkiya L. Lowe currently serves as National Park Service Chief Historian and acting Federal Preservation Officer, managing the Park History Program Office from Washington, D.C.  The Park History Office administers several national programs including the African American Civil Rights Network, the National Maritime Heritage Program, the NPS Administrative History Program, and the NPS Oral History Program. She holds a Ph.D. in African American history and a Master's degree in United States history from the University of Washington as well as a Bachelor's degree in history from Howard University. 


Dr. Lowe previously served as Southeast Region Chief Historian and Chief for the SER Cultural Resource Research and Science Branch where she oversaw the region-wide History and Cultural Anthropology Programs and also had the privilege to serve as Acting Superintendent of Cane River Creole National Historical Park in Natchitoches, LA.  Dr. Lowe worked in the Region’s Office of Interpretation and Education, where she was the Regional Program Manager for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. 


During a previous stint in National Park Service’s Washington, D.C. office, Dr. Lowe worked as national Program Manager for the Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program and a Historian for both the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks programs.

Dr. Lowe consulted as a Principle Investigator on historic preservation projects with the NPS Seattle Support Office, investigating the history of civil rights in the Pacific Northwest and identifying historic properties for potential preservation and interpretation efforts.

Dr. Lowe is a native of Savannah, GA and has an extremely energetic toddler, Eli. 

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