Liz Hobson, Urban Trails Coordinator
Liz is researching and developing an Urban Trails Interpretive Signage Program that will educate residents and visitors about Boise’s significant cultural and natural history through outdoor interpretive signage. This program will expand the number of interpretive signs placed along the beautiful backdrop of Boise’s parks and neighborhoods. During this process, Liz will be engaging with neighborhood associations and residents to discover the stories that make up the fabric of the city. Liz will also be creating an inventory of existing historic markers and trails, connecting them together to create thematic trail systems to encourage exploration. Developing an online presence and supplemental interpretive material will be other exciting components of the Urban Trails Interpretive Signage Program, expanding to reach new audiences and inspire community engagement.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Liz grew up fascinated with the impact of history on her life and others. What started as an interest sparked into a career. Liz has worked with non-profit organizations, museums, and historic sites interpreting the significant stories of local communities that shaped our nation and still resonate in our lives today. Most recently, Liz worked for a National Heritage Area in Kansas and Missouri, working with historic sites and communities to develop interpretive and preservation opportunities. Community engagement and finding historical relevancy guides Liz in her public history work.
Liz has a BA in History from California University of Pennsylvania and a MA in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University.