Sally Anne Schmidt, Ph.D.

Chair | Houston, Texas

Sally Anne Schmidt is the Curator of the Nau Civil War Collection. For over fifteen years Sally Anne has been responsible for the care, organization, and exhibition of one of the largest private Civil War collections in the country. She also makes the collection available to the public by assisting historians with research, hosting tours for students and adults, and speaking about the collection. In 2011, she guest curated an exhibition of over 200 Nau collection artifacts at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Sally Anne received her bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and her master’s degree and PhD from Rice University. While at Rice, she held the Jameson Fellowship at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens in 2003 – 2004.

A seventh generation Texan raised in Austin and Dallas, Sally Anne lives in Houston with her husband, Marc Tabolsky, and two daughters. She is a current board member of Preservation Houston and is a member of the Junior League of Houston, having served in a number of leadership positions including the board of directors.