Bachelor, State University of New York, Albany, 1969. Master of Arts, Cooperstown Graduate Programs, 1970.
Senior curator, New York State Museum, Albany, 1970-1973; director, Mills Mansion, New York State History Site, Staatsburg, 1973-1975; director public relations, Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, 1978-1983; education director, Georgia Trust for History Preservation, Atlanta, 1986-1987; director visitor services, SciTrek, Atlanta, 1987-1989; director, Atlanta Heritage Row, 1989-1991; director history houses, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, since 1991; instructor history preservation program, Goucher College, Towson, Maryland. Consultant Institute fo Paper, Georgia Technology Institute, Atlanta, 1990-1991.
Member of committee Forward Arts Foundation, Atlanta, 1983-1990, Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, 1989-1991.
Married John Harlow Ott, May 20, 1972. Children: Jennie, Michael.