Tyler McDaniel

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Tyler McDaniel

National History Day Program Coordinator

As Kentucky’s National History Day Coordinator, Tyler works with educators and students across the Commonwealth to help bring the program and projects to life. In turn fostering the next generation of Kentucky historians and critical thinkers who spread the state’s rich history outward. Using his tools as a filmmaker, artist, and public historian Tyler amplifies already present voices and stories while highlighting ways the past is constantly influencing the present. His passions extend to the built environment through not only the structures themselves but the stories embedded within, alongside the ways that cultural and community identity are formed through place. Holding a BA in Media Production from Morehead State University and a Masters in Heritage Studies and Public History from the University of Minnesota, he has explored cultural oddities and socio-political systems through both rural and urban lenses. This multi-disciplinary approach has translated across multiple projects and organizations including Squallis Puppeteers, A Public History of 35W research project and museum exhibit, the Minnesota Main Street Program, Kentucky’s Rural-Urban Exchange, and Saint Paul’s African American Historic and Cultural Context Study – among others. His short films have been shown at KET, Kentucky Folklife Digital Magazine, The Russell Theater, OPEN Gallery, multiple film festivals, the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, and various art shows.”