Jillian Rael received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on Art History and Photography from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2010. Jillian’s interest in architecture led to her specialization in Antebellum Southern domestic architecture. During her undergraduate work, Jillian began work at a Cultural Resource Management firm in Huntsville as an architectural liaison. During her years of experience in the field, Jillian analyzed and reported on hundreds of buildings of all kinds throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Jillian’s work focuses primarily on historic buildings with potential for National Register of Historic Places eligibility. She has studied and assisted private and governmental entities not only lay out historic districts but also achieve NRHP nominations for private dwellings. Jillian is currently working to complete a Master’s Degree in History/Public History with a concentration on Historic Preservation at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She specializes in Southern History, and her thesis will examine local church activity in her native home of Lincoln County, Tennessee, in relation to the activities of the Second Great Awakenings.
In the Spring of 2012, Jillian was part of the establishment of the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Center for Public History, created by her thesis advisor Dr. John Kvach. In addition to her consulting business, Jillian is an advisor to the Friends of the Library in Fayetteville, Tennessee, and Event Manager for Moore County Tennessee’s Relay for Life organization. She also works part-time for the Moore County government as a City Planner and advisor to the county’s Planning Commission. Within her capacity in Moore County, Jillian is heading up a new effort to make Lynchburg (the home of Jack Daniel’s Distillery) a Main Street Community.