Meet The Team
Caroline Speir joined the FSMH 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.
She is a member of the Network for Executive Women, sits on the Board of the Western Arkansas Mountain Frontier, sits on the UAFS Charles Portis Symposium Committee, is an Ambassador for the City of Fort Smith, and was a member of the City of Fort Smith Bicentennial Committee.
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.
Fort Smith Museum Board of Trustees
Madeline Santiago Martinez
Helen Ann Whorton
* Denotes Past Presidents