About the Speaker
Robin Joy Wellman spent 30 years working at Fort Ross and continues to be actively involved in the telling and sharing of its story, including the natural and cultural details of the landscape, everyday colonial life, and the international commercial trade. In her work as the lead coordinator for natural and cultural history interpretation at Fort Ross, she worked closely with museums, universities, history institutes, and thousands of schools. Additionally, she has collaborated with members from various tribes (e.g. Kashaya, Coast Miwok, Dry Creek Pomo, Sakha) in projects relating Northwest Pacific history, and has hosted diplomats, international scholars, and other dignitaries at Fort Ross. In 2012, for the Fort Ross Bicentennial, Robin was Chair for the California State Parks, organizing over 38 events and was awarded the designation of “State Park Interpreter of the Year for California State Parks,” adding to the many other awards received in recognition of her work in historic interpretation. Robin has presented internationally at venues including the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Geographical Society, American Embassy in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow, and UNESCO World Heritage Center in Paris. Her work on the collection of ethnographic objects from California was published by the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera).