Bachelor of Science, Salem College, 1974. Postgraduate, George Washington University, 1981—1982.
Field researcher Museum Early Southern Decorative Arts, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1974—1978. Writer Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1978—1983. Director Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, since 1983.
Associate National Trust for History Preservation. Resident associate Smithsonian Institution. Member Museum Early Southern Decorative Arts.
Member of American Association State and Local History, American Association Museum, Decorative Arts Society, American Silver Guild (secretary 1980-1981, vice president 1979-1980), Washington Assembly Club, Washington Arts Club.
Married Daniel Victor Dowd, May 28, 1977.