Decorative Arts & Design History

Smithsonian Associates in partnership with
The George Washington University

Erin Kuykendall

Erin Kuykendall

Early American material culture and fine art, historic interiors


Erin Kuykendall specializes in American decorative arts and architectural history, with an interest in historic interiors and pre-industrial design and craftsmanship. She holds an undergraduate degree in History and Anthropology from The College of William and Mary where she studied the colonial and revolutionary Chesapeake region. Erin received her MA from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and participated in the Attingham Summer School.

After working as an archaeologist at Jamestown with Preservation Virginia, Ms. Kuykendall shifted her passion for history to the material world preserved above ground, and worked for Colonial Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, and the Reeves Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain at Washington & Lee University. She recently served as Curator of Collections for Tudor Place Historic House & Garden and a specialist for Sumpter Priddy III, Inc. Antiques and Fine Art.

Courses Taught

Craft & Trades in Early America

Selected Publications

"Living at Tudor Place" in Tudor Place: America's Story Lives Here. Edited by Leslie Buhler with contributions by William C. Allen and Patricia Marie O'Donnell (Washington, D.C.: White House Historical Association 2016): 124-231.

Philadelphia Places on Paper : Selections from the Eli P. Zebooker Collection, exhibition handlist. Compiled with Bruce Laverty. (Philadelphia: The Athenaeum, 2011).

Recent Presentations

"Entertainment in Early Washington, An Afternoon at Tudor Place" Washington Decorative Arts Forum, Washington D.C. March 2014.

"Philadelphia Carpenters, Cabinetmakers, and Captains in the Working World of Thomas Nevell, 1762-1785" Vernacular Architecture Forum, Falmouth, Jamaica. June 2011.