Meet The Team
Caroline Speir joined the FSMH staff as a Historical Interpreter in 2008 and moved into the job of Exhibit Designer in 2009. In 2019, she assumed the role of Executive Director. A native of Fort Smith and a life-long resident of the area, Ms. Speir's family roots have a long history in Fort Smith, AR and Sequoyah County, OK.
In recent years, Ms. Speir was a member of the 2017 City of Fort Smith Bicentennial Committee, has been a supporting member of the UAFS Charles Portis Symposium Committee, and in early 2023, co-chaired the committee to “twin” with Fort Smith’s newest sister city, Nago-Torbole, Italy. In April 2023, Nago-Torbole, Italy and Fort Smith, AR became International Sister Cities. Currently, she sits on the Board of the Western Arkansas Mountain Frontier as the WAMF Director, Vice President of Sebastian County, is a member of the Network for Executive, and is the Committee Chair for the Fort Smith General Darby Challenge—a military ruck and half-marathon honoring General William O. Darby and Fort Smith’s Sister Cities, Cisterna, Italy and Nago-Torbole, Italy. She is also an Ambassador for the City of Fort Smith.
She also holds a B.A. in History/Public History from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. In 2020 she was awarded the "Walter L. Brown Award" for "Best Community History" award in a state or local journal for her piece entitled, "From Cuba to Chaffee: The Impact of Refugee Laws, Life In Detainment, and the Lingering Perception of "Marielitos" in Arkansas" which was published in the September 2020 issue of the Fort Smith Historical Society's publication, "The Journal".
She shares the passion with which the community of Fort Smith embraces its history and works to educate the public about Fort Smith's more than 200 years’ worth of history.
Exhibitions Designer/Graphic Artist
Garry is a Fort Smith native who moved to Memphis, TN after high school to attend college where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in graphic design and illustration from Memphis College of Art. Shortly after graduating college he was hired as the first in-house designer for Graceland, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. in Memphis. While working in the Creative Resources dept. at Graceland, he worked with all departments of the company with any creative assistance and visual development. After living and working in Memphis for 20+ years, Garry moved back home to Fort Smith, AR to be closer to his family. He first started as a volunteer worker at FSMH in Spring of 2020 and shortly after, was hired on to fill the position of Museum Exhibit Designer. He is excited at the opportunity to help present and share the colorful and fascinating history of Fort Smith.
Ms. Devero assists visitors in the museum at the front desk, soda fountain, and gift shop. She wears many hats! She also assists with curatorial duties, in-house bookkeeping, and research requests. A graduate of the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Ms. Devero holds a B. A. in History.
Mrs. Ivy Miller came to the Museum as a sophomore in high school in 2013 through a work-study program and quickly became an integral part of our staff as a "Museum Assistant" and later, "Membership Specialist". She assists visitors in the museum at the front desk, soda fountain, and gift shop with a focus area in Museum membership. She and her husband Jeremy are part of the local business community as the owners of Fort Smith Retro Market.
Fort Smith Museum Board of Trustees
Madeline Santiago Martinez
Helen Ann Whorton
* Denotes Past Presidents