Elizabeth Reese

Photography by Lisa Scontras


Elizabeth Reese is a public historian whose work is focused on the American Revolution and Early Republic. In addition to receiving the 2015 Scott Hartwig Public History Fellowship at the Civil War Institute, Elizabeth has spent over a decade as an interpreter at federal historic sites, including Hamilton Grange National Memorial and the United States Capitol. Throughout her career, she has developed programs on civil rights, women's history, and Founding America. 

Elizabeth is the Associate Manager of Marketing at Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House. She is also the chair of The American Friends of Lafayette Bicentennial Committee for Washington, D.C. She is currently working towards the completion of her Master of Arts in American History from Gettysburg College where her research is focused on the Early American Republic, especially as it pertains to public memory, family ties, and grief.

Her first book, Marquis de Lafayette Returns: A Tour of America’s National Capital Region, was published by The History Press (imprint of Arcadia Publishing) in 2024.