Born and raised in Middle Tennessee, Brenden is avid outdoorsman, musician, and historian. While working on his Ph.D. in History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, he coordinated a local history project in partnership with the Little River Railroad and Lumber Company Museum in Townsend, Tennessee.
After spending a summer as a Seasonal Interpretive Ranger at Norris Dam State Park, he accepted a job as the Historian at the Museum of the New South in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he oversaw the research and planning of the museum’s exhibitions as well as the development and management of collections.
In 1999, Brenden moved to Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he taught Public History and Southern History at Northwestern State University and authored the Master Interpretive Plan for the Cane River National Heritage Area.
He is currently a Professor of Public History at Middle Tennessee State University, where he teaches Museum Studies and works with public history graduate students to develop exhibits, programs, and other interpretive materials.