Shannon Gavin Johnson, Executive Director
Shannon Gavin Johnson, of Fayette, Alabama, earned a B.A. in History from Samford University in Birmingham. She also holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Alabama. While completing her master’s degree, she began working at the Troup County Archives, processing collections of historically relevant documents and artifacts. She was selected to complete a highly competitive internship with the National Archives and Records Administration. Her NARA internship assigned her to Seattle, where she spent four months working at the National Archives Pacific Alaska Regional facility. Upon completion of her internship and degree, Shannon began working full-time as the archivist at the Troup County Archives, becoming a vital figure in the daily operation of records management and document preservation. From August 2015 to December 2016, she served as Assistant Director of the facility, and spearheaded a much-needed overhaul of the technology systems required to maintain and catalog nearly 190 years of government, school, and personal records stored in three different locations around LaGrange. She was promoted to Executive Director in January 2017. Since her promotion, she has introduced new programs and materials to take the area's history to the area's people. As Archivist of Troup County and the City of LaGrange, she has led the staff of Troup County Archives in a massive records project and has introduced records workshops. She is a member of the Society of American Archivists, the Society of Georgia Archivists, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Rotary International, and sits on the board of LaGrange International Friendship Exchange. As the Director of TCHS, she also serves on the City of LaGrange's Downtown Historic Preservation Commission and is the chairperson of the Troup County Historic Preservation Commission. She resides in LaGrange with her husband, Forrest, and their children, Hardy and Gunner.