Marya McQuirter is a researcher, writer, curator and assembler. She teaches courses in public history, digital humanities and animal studies. She is also director of the Public History Collaborative (PHC), a
new initiative supporting collaboration and public-facing projects. One of the PHC’s current projects is the Movement/Rest Quilting Bee, a virtual quilting makerspace developed in the midst of the
intersecting crises of COVID and white supremacy. #moverestbee is a collaboration with Amanda Meeks (CATalyst Studios), Tenecia Phillips & Dana Moore (Kindred @Pima County Public Library).
Her current book project, Technochoreographies: Bicycles, Freedoms, Movements, is a cultural history of mobility and technology in the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries. Marya assembles a range of disparate materials to narrate the centrality of bicycles and movement in the U.S. and the diaspora.
In 2018, she curated the dc1968 project, a digital humanities project highlighting art, activism, architecture and everyday life in 1968 in Washington, DC. Each day in 2018, Marya posted a photograph and original story highlighting a person, place or event from 1968. Using photographs, paintings, diaries, posters, flyers, album covers, yearbooks, ticket stubs and more from family, friends, Washingtonians and the DC Public Library People’s Archive, the project illumined that ‘the archive’ can also be loud af! #dc1968project.