Susan Evans

Susan Evans

Director, American Food History Project

Photo credit Briget Ganske

Ed.M. Arts in Education, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 2010
B.A. English: Drama and Theatre, McGill University, 2005

Research Specialties: 
  • Food History
  • American Craft Brewing
  • Theater in Museums
  • Arts Education and Arts Integration


Role in Museum: 

By connecting with the history of food and agriculture in America through programs, demonstrations, talks, and much more, Smithsonian Food History invites communities near and far to come to the table and explore American history through food.

Food programs are based in the rich food history content at the National Museum of American History. We offer a diverse menu of programs and demonstrations that bring visitors together for relevant discussions that start with history and expand to the present and future of American food. These activities include weekly free daytime programs for the nearly five million visitors to the museum each year, regular “After Hours” evenings that mix historic topics with delicious food and drinks, and our new signature program, the annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend.

To learn more, explore the museum’s collections and sign up for our food history email newsletter. Cheers!Susan brings her experience working in arts education, museums, and craft brewing to her role at the museum creating programming that gets visitors of all ages thinking about the past, present, and future of American food. She holds an Ed.M. in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Theater from McGill University. Previously, Susan worked in the education departments of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vermont, and the Shelburne Museum, in Shelburne, Vermont. She also worked in fundraising and development at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City. In addition, Susan has spoken at both national and international conferences on the uses of performance in museums.

Professional Affiliations: 

American Association of Museums
International Museum Theatre Alliance


“Personal Beliefs and National Stories: Theater in Museums as a Tool for Exploring Historical Memory.” Curator: The Museum Journal, No. 2 (April 2013), 189-197. bibliography