Officers and Board Members



Mary Christine Ozbirn – President

Chris Ozbirn is currently a member of the following organizations: Tennessee Valley Historical Society; Colbert County Landmarks Foundation; Jackson County North Carolina Historical Society; South Carolina Genealogical Society; Seekers Of The Past, support group for the Franklin County Archives; American Legion Auxillary Unit 31, Tuscumbia; Mt. Pleasant Church Preservation Committee. She also is the Director of the Franklin County Archives and Archivist for Franklin County Alabama.



Janice Metcalf – Vice President



Mary Perry – Secretary



Dr. David Curott – Treasurer

David CurrottDr. Curott is retired from the University of North Alabama, where he was a Professor of Physics and the Planetarium Director. He serves on the Florence Historical Board and the Natchez Trace Genealogical Society Board. He is the treasurer of the Friends of the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library. Dr. Curott is also the author of Signs of the Past (Bluewater Publications – ISBN 978-1-934610-59-6).




Tennessee Valley Historical Society Board

Dr. Carolyn Barske

Dr. Carolyn Barske is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Alabama where she also serves as the Public History Coordinator and the Director of the UNA Public History Center. Dr. Barske completed her PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her MA at Northeastern University, and her BA at Sewanee: The University of the South. Dr. Barske also serves on the Advisory Board for the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area, the Natchez Trace Parkway Association Board and the National Register Review Board for the State of Alabama.



Mary Carton

Mary was born in Tuscumbia, Al and grew up on dairy farm. She graduated from Deshler with honors. Mary attended Florence State in Pre-Vet medicine and finished her degree at Auburn U with a BS in Microbiology. She then attended Huntsville Co-operative school of Medical Technology.  Mary has worked at Eliza Coffee Memorial since graduation and currently is the Blood bank, Microbiology, and LIS supervisor in the laboratory. She is a blogger for GRIT magazine and Quad Cities Daily and is one of co-founders of Remember Tuscumbia on Facebook and ‘The Tuscumbian’ historical blog. In spare time takes care of  3.5 acres along with 600+ varieties of daylilies and iris and three rescued Border collies she calls her Hooligans.  She also has a gardening blog called Rosedale Gardens named after the family dairy farm.


Dr. David Gregg

Dr. David Gregg currently serves as the TVHS Vice President. He has been a pastor in the Florence area for over 25 years. He frequently lectures on the Civil War and local history. Dr. Gregg served on the History and Archives Board of the American Baptist Association. He has also served with the archives for the Mississippi and Alabama State Baptist Associations. He has taught at different seminaries.



Thomas Hale


Marie Hester


Tim Hester


Lee Freeman


Joel Mize


Richard Sheridan

Richard Sheridan is a retired chemist, former TVHS director and former editor of the Journal of Muscle Shoals History. He also serves as Sheffield City Historian and is a member of several historical and heritage organizations.




Phyllis Stewart Shoemaker

Phyllis Shoemaker is a retired Adult/Family/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She hold a Masters in Nursing from the University of Alabama, Huntsville. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor Society for Nursing. She serves as the Publicity Chairman of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of the Shoals and on the Council for the Institute for Learning in Retirement at the University of North Alabama. She is a member of the Shoals Study Club and of the First Methodist Church in Sheffield.