Leah Tams 2014

Photo by Candice Roland

I graduated on May 10, 2014, with a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. Upon graduation, I returned to the Smithsonian Institution Archives to complete my second internship there. I currently work as an administrative assistant at my alma mater with the director of UMW’s Quality Enhancement Plan and the Special Assistant to the Provost for Teaching, Technology and Innovation. I also intern at the National Museum of American History in the Armed Forces History Division, studying women in World War I.

I am fascinated by many areas of history, but I particularly enjoy studying race relations, environmental history, and sociocultural history. I also love working closely with historical artifacts—being able to touch a piece of the past is an indescribable experience for me. As such, my dream is to work in archives and collections, experiencing and learning about the past. I also hope to use my digital historical training to share my experiences and knowledge and to inspire others to a love of history.

I am an avid reader and knitter. I enjoy watching NFL football and several different television shows. I am a self-proclaimed nerd, and I enjoy every minute of it.

Please feel free to contact me via e-mail at ltams@umw.edu.