“Sillery weaves her stories with a seamless twist of narrative and dialogue . . . Sillery is not merely a storyteller, but a historian as well.”
—Renee Peck, New Orleans Times-Picayune
Barbara Sillery, raised in New York, has always had a passion for antiques. She is fascinated by the story behind each old photo, house, or piece of furniture she encounters. From this passion sprung the inspiration for her first independent business, Keepsake Antiques, which sold refurbished furniture and other relics. In 1989 she became the owner and executive producer for Keepsake Productions and is well-known in the television industry through Lagniappe Media Productions, Inc., a subsidiary of Keepsake, which specializes in award-winning documentaries.
Sillery earned a BA in theatre and speech from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and has spent most of her professional life as a writer and producer. Her work includes such programs as Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel, City Park Memories, Things That Go Bump in the Night, The Prize, Skyriders: Louisiana’s Aviation Pioneers, and The Meeting of the Courts of Rex and Comus. She is also a field producer for Extra, a syndicated entertainment show, and has contributed articles to Cultural Vistas Magazine, Antiques Gazette, Circle of Friends, and Celtic Informer.
Among her many accolades are a WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival award, several Telly Awards, and an Addy Award. She has received numerous grants and has participated in various festivals and panels, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Arts Council of New Orleans grant review panel, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities media review panel.
Sillery is the proud mother of three daughters. After spending years in New Orleans, she now resides in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, and continues her career as a television producer and writer. In her free time, she plays tennis and is an avid swimmer who enjoys spending as much time as she can near, on, or in the water.