I recently completed my Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Public History and am seeking to work in the museum field. I blend a strong background in research, writing, and information literacy with creativity, innovation, and a lifelong love for history and museums. I aim to aid museums in making their content relevant and easily accessible to the public in order to excite visitors of all ages about history.
January 2018 – March 2018
- Curated an exhibit on Shaker chairs and assisted with curating and writing label copy for exhibit on social history that can be told by other Shaker furniture pieces in the museum collections.
- Safely handling and transporting historic objects, including furniture, woodenware, ephemera, and textiles from display cases to storage and packing objects in archival storage.
- Processing and cataloging a collection of recent acquisitions of archival and collections materials into PastPerfect 5.
- Writing spotlights on collections objects for museum’s monthly newsletter.
- Crafting weekly social media posts on the material culture, social history, and architecture of the village.
- Assisting with reinterpretation of historic spaces by selecting and arranging for display Shaker-made oval boxes and wooden pails for period room displays as well as arranging dining room tables with ceramics and glassware based on historic photographs.
September 2017 – November 2017
• Wrote lesson plans for workshops designed to fulfill requirements for Girl and Cub Scout badges.
• Led educational programming for elementary through high school groups visiting the museum.
• Engaged public in conversation about lifeways and foodways of 1830s while performing typical daily tasks of the past in costume in a historic farmhouse.
June 2017 – August 2017
- Conducted research in museum collections to write and present on a twenty-five-page research paper on a scrapbook documenting the life of an early twentieth-century career woman.
- Completed an object study on a photograph album dating to the 1920s recently acquired by the museum.
- Presented tours of two historic houses, relating the town’s nineteenth century history to visitors using material objects.
- Participated in seminars on connoisseurship, museum work, and material culture studies with museum curators.
Student Blogger: The Universities at Shady Grove
October 2016 – August 2017
- Wrote bi-weekly blog entries for “Around the Grove”, the blog of the Universities at Shady Grove, a campus offering undergraduate and graduate programs from different Maryland state universities, about a variety of topics related to student life, such as conducting library research, networking at job fairs, etc.
- Posted entries on designated dates using WordPress.
Museum Docent: Anderson House
June 2016 – June 2017
As a tour guide at the Anderson House Museum, the headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati, I help greet visitors to the museum at the front door and orient them to the museum’s offerings. I lead fifty-minute tours of the house, sharing with visitors the history of Revolutionary War-era America and the beginnings of the Society, as well as talking about the Gilded Age mansion that is now the Society’s headquarters, sharing about its decorative arts and the story of the family who built it.
June 2016 – December 2016
Cataloged and organized the collections of historic and contemporary slides, photographs, and letters detailing the history of the National Park Seminary, a former women’s college that has been converted to condominiums, apartments, and single-family homes conserving the historic exteriors and interiors of the unique campus buildings in a preservation success story by the community-led organization Save Our Seminary.
Museum Education Intern: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
June 2014 – August 2014
• Coordinated and taught six-week Kids Club program, a history summer camp, for children ages four through eight to learn more about the environment and people of the Chesapeake Bay.
• Created a Family Activity Backpack of games, puzzles and activities for preschool-aged children to encourage hands-on exploration of the museum’s exhibits including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.
• Designed and wrote education newsletters on history and science topics using Constant Contact to be sent to local teachers.