Bachelor, University Michigan, 1972. Master of Arts, Cooperstown Graduate Program, 1973. Juris Doctor, University Connecticut, 1990.
Assistant curator History Society York County, York, Pennsylvania, 1973-1974. Director Lyme History Society, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 1974-1976, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, since 1976. Juror Connecticut Commission for the Arts, Hartford, since 1980.
Chairman Connecticut Humanities Council, Middletown, 1984-1986. Adjunct faculty University Connecticut, since 1986. Reviewer National Endowment of the Humanities, 1989, 90, 92.
Board directors Connecticut State Library., 1988-1992, Institute American Indian Studies, since 1992. Vice president Waterbury Foundation, 1989-1993.
Vice president Connecticut Preservation Action, Hartford, 1980-1984. Member advisory board The Banking Center, Waterbury, 1980-1982. Board directors Waterbury Arts Festival, 1983-1985.
Member Connecticut Coordinating Commission for the Promotion of History (treasurer 1982-1983).
Married Joseph Johnson Smith, December 29, 1973. Married Joel Eric Finn, June 30, 1990.