Jennifer Perky Beisel

Jennifer Perky Beisel, D.A.

Associate Professor
Middle Tennessee State University, 2005
Public History

Telephone: 936.468.2093
Office: 305 Vera Dugas Liberal Arts North


Perky Beisel, a co-director of the M.A. in Public History program at Stephen F. Austin State University, earned her D.A. in History from Middle Tennessee State University and an M.A. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Missouri.


She led the digitization and update of the City of Nacogdoches Historic Sites Survey, the Angelina County Historic Sites Survey, and the Houston County Cemetery and Historic Sites Survey. The Cherokee County Historical Commission and the Houston County Historical Commission regularly utilized Dr. Beisel as a consultant for historic preservation projects. Beisel has overseen the transcription of over a hundred oral histories for the African American Museum in Dallas, the East Texas Research Center, the US Forest Service National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, Friends of Historic Nacogdoches, Inc., and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. In the Voices from Small Places project Beisel conducts oral history interviews as well as directing the historic resources and cemeteries survey. She has served on several boards including the Association for Gravestone Studies, Texas Oral History Association, Friends of Historic Nacogdoches, Inc., and the Nacogdoches Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission, and regularly leads other public history projects with local museums, genealogical groups, and regional archives. She is a regular participant in grant writing projects for university and community projects. Beisel regularly schedules trips for her classes and students enrolled in the History Department. Since Fall 2016 these have included tours, fieldwork, and visits to Mission Tejas State Park, Caddo Mounds SHS, Cane River Creole NHA, various cemeteries, the Durst-Taylor House, the Southern Forest Heritage Museum, private properties with historic homes, and a study abroad trip to Barcelona, Spain! Her research interests include stable architecture, architectural history, the timber industry during the Gilded Age, and agricultural history.


Courses taught at SFASU from August 2005 to present:
Undergraduate Level: U.S. History to 1877, U.S. History since 1877, Craft of History, Gilded Age & Progressive Era, American Architectural History, World Architectural History, and Intro. to Public History
Graduate Level: Introduction to Public History, Material Culture, Historic Preservation, Collections Management, Non-Profit Management, Internship in Public History, Practicum in Public History, and Theses