Public History Work

Here you’ll find a selection of my public history work, digital and traditional. For a full record of my public history work, please see my CV.

EXHIBITS

To view an exhibit, click on the featured image or title.

Women have long been involved in the military during times of war, though not always in a capacity that we might recognize as “traditionally” military. This exhibit showcases items from across the Smithsonian and across the entire spectrum of women’s experiences in World War I.

See how Washington, DC and Smithsonian visitors have shared their trips with others by taking a historic look at the Smithsonian through the picture postcard. This exhibit also includes a general history of postcards and many image galleries featuring postcards from SIA’s collections.

The Century America project chronicles the local impact of the Great War. This exhibit is based on archival research and recounts some of the stories of the Fredericksburg State Normal School and the town of Fredericksburg, Virginia, between 1914 and 1919.

This exhibit covers a small selection of postcard production methods and techniques that were popular in the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s. It frequently focuses on Curt Teich & Co., a prominent postcard manufacturer during this period.

ORGANIZATIONS

COUNCIL OF PUBLIC LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES

Program Associate

  • Provide program support for COPLACDigital, a Mellon-funded digital liberal arts initiative
  • COPLACDigital webmaster
  • Provide technical support to faculty, staff, and students

SMITHSONIAN ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART

Digital Operations Specialist

  • Searched collections and documented the physical location of over 6,750 digitized items
  • Compiled error and usability reports

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY

James Lollar Hagan Intern

  • Created NMAH’s Women in World War I online exhibit
    • Surveyed NMAH and Smithsonian collections for objects
    • Created and updated object records
    • Researched women’s roles in WWI and wrote 18 exhibit sections, each including text, digital media, and academic resources
  • Accessioned a collection of 21 textiles and related materials
  • Assisted with digitization of archival materials related to the Colonial Dames Collection

PAPERS OF JAMES MONROE

Transcriptionist

  • Transcribed over 1,000 documents written to and by James Monroe
  • Created a partial key for the Barlow cypher

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION ARCHIVES

Intern

  • Catalogued architectural drawings and A/V assets
  • Assisted reference archivists with answering patron queries, pulling materials, and reference work

Created SIA’s Greetings from the Smithsonian: A Postcard History online postcard exhibit

  • Searched SIA’s collections for postcards
  • Digitized and cataloged postcards
  • Researched and wrote short histories and informational pieces about postcards
  • Created image galleries and webpages

HISTORIC KENMORE

Archives Volunteer

  • Inventoried, cataloged, and rehoused the Henry Howell Lewis Papers
  • Inventoried the research papers of historian Paula S. Felder
  • Inventoried collections and set up exhibitions

BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTER OF VA

Intern

  • Digitized, organized, and updated collections and accessions records
  • Researched Marian Anderson gowns for the BHM and Smithsonian
  • Researched other BHM objects

VIRGINIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Web Resources Intern

Close-captioned educational videos produced by the VHS

HISTORICAL RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY

Student

  • Transcribed World War II letters, World War II veteran interviews, and United States census records
  • Created the Longendyke letter collection webpage and transcribed the letters
  • Created digital media for It Took A War website
  • Compiled a family history and community analysis of Trenton, NJ, in 1900

“A Community Analysis of Trenton, NJ in 1900”

  • Received the Bobby Chandler Outstanding Student Research Award from the Virginia Historical Society