Peggy Riddle, Museum Director
Peggy Riddle has over thirty-five years of experience in the field of museum services and historic interpretation. Peggy joined the Denton County Office of History and Culture in 2011 and serves as the Director, where she oversees a staff of five and a volunteer force of over 50.
She is the former Historic Preservation Manager for the City of Grapevine, former Assistant Director of the Legends of the Game Baseball Museum for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club, former Director of the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano, and former Director of Research and Public Programs for the Dallas Historical Society.
Prior to joining Denton County, Peggy planned exhibits for the City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department, the City of Lancaster Museum, the White Rock Lake Centennial Celebration, the Harrison County Historical Museum, the Gregg County Historical Museum, the Lancaster Historical Society, and the Coppell Historical Society. She has served as associate editor and contributor for Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, and is the author of several manuals for educators, historical organizations and museums.
Roslyn Shelton, Assistant Director
Roslyn Shelton has been with Denton County since 1998. Before joining the Office of History and Culture in 2012, Roslyn worked as the Administrative Specialist and Administrative Manager for the Denton County Historical Commission. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Tougaloo College. Raised in Central America, she is passionate about Latin American politics, Latin music, and her one guilty pleasure, Spanish soap operas. In her free time, Roslyn loves to quilt and is an avid reader.
Kim Cupit, Curator of Collections
Kim Cupit has held the position of Curator of Collections for Denton County since 1998 after earning her degree in history from Austin College. A native of Denton County, Kim enjoys sharing her love of research and local history with visitors and caring for the museum's collection. Her passion for museums began at an early age while spending summers visiting museums with her grandmother. Outside of the office, Kim loves laughing with her two daughters, writing unfinished novels, and advocating for special needs.
Matthew Long joined the Office of History and Culture staff in July 2018. As Curator of Exhibits, Matthew develops content development and executes design plans for the Office of History & Culture's exhibits, and other promotional materials. Before joining our staff, Matthew exhibited artwork and worked as a sign painter and muralist. He grew up in some of the little towns of West Texas (Post, Ira, Roby, and Andrews) and moved to Denton from Lubbock in 2009. In his free time, Matthew likes to write music, go camping, watch live theatre, and play chess and Ping-Pong.
Kelsey Jistel, Curator of Educational Programs
Kelsey Jistel joined the Office of History and Culture in January 2015. Kelsey plans and facilitates many of the Office of History and Culture's various educational programs, events, and projects. She is originally from Austin, Texas, and received her BA in history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and MA in museum studies from the University of Kansas. Kelsey has always had a love for museums and a passion for working with people. In her spare time she enjoys eating street tacos, watching television, and collecting camel figurines.
Gretel L’Heureux, Education and Tour Coordinator
Gretel L'Heureux moved to Denton in 1994 after a career in public, private and international education. In Texas, she became involved in tourism, preservation, and business as Main Street Director in Pilot Point, TX and was one of the founders of Horse Country Tours, Inc. Gretel joined the Denton County Office of History and Culture in 2010 as Education and Tour Coordinator, where she coordinates and manages the volunteer program. Having lived in both Europe and Asia, she enjoys learning about different cultures; on her bookshelf you will find books about psychology, philosophy, and comparative religion. Family, reading, and gardening are her true loves.
The Office of History and Culture offers several opportunities for internships and school credit throughout the year in collections management, museum education, exhibit design, and public programming.
If you have an interest in our internship opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (940) 349-2850
The Office of History and Culture also provides various county owned spaces to be rented for events, such as weddings and reunions. For more information on how to request the use of one of Denton County's facilities, review the Policies and Procedures for Building Usage and Filming or you may e-mail Cheryl Knight or call her at (940) 349-2830.
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