Curriculum Vitae

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Curriculum Vitae

M.A in History with Public History concentration
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Master’s Thesis: “Sympathy and Science: Social Settlements and Museums Forging the Future through a Usable Past.”
Awards: Scholarship for two years Master’s study, 2016 – 2018.

Chicago Summer School: Intensive summer program focusing on site-specific architecture, arts, historic preservation, and social history of Chicago’s Gilded Age buildings and landscapes.
Victorian Society in America, Chicago, IL

B.A. in History with Honors, German minor
Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
Senior Thesis: “Out with the Old, In with the Aufarbeitung: The East German Revolution of 1989/90 and the Fight for Access to the Stasi Files.”
Awards: Second Prize in the Applestein-Sweren Book Collecting Contest, 2012; Margaret Mary Allgeier Memorial merit scholarship, 2011 – 2014.

Antioch University Study Abroad Program: Intensive language and cultural immersion
Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany
Awards: The Josephine Levy Kohn ’36 Fund for Study Abroad scholarship, 2013.

A.A. in Liberal Arts, magna cum laude
Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA

Digital Projects Specialist at the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA.
July 2018 – Present

Digital Projects Assistant at the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA.
August 2017 – July 2018
Digitize manuscript items from the collections of The American Philosophical Society Library and The Carpenters’ Company of Philadelphia. Treat images, append DACS metadata, and upload them to the APS Islandora Digital Library repository. Transcribe handwritten notations in a CSV format for use as open collection data. Create data visualizations to encourage usage and demonstrate scholarly value of data.

Martin L. Levitt Fellow at the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA.
June – August 2017
Digitized manuscript Post Office Ledger Book created by Benjamin Franklin during his tenure as postmaster of colonial Philadelphia (1748-1752). Treated images and added them to the APS Islandora Digital Library repository. Transcribed handwritten notations in a CSV format for use as open collection data. Researched biographical and contextual information about colonial Philadelphia and the early post office. Created data visualizations to encourage usage and demonstrate scholarly value of data.

Membership Coordinator at The Decorative Arts Trust, Media, PA.
January – May 2017
Maintained member and financial database systems. Track and facilitate individual and directed charitable contributions. Assisted in the planning, promotion, and execution of member events such as symposia, behind-the-scenes tours, donor receptions, and study trips. Generated donor solicitation and acknowledgment letters. Managed quarterly direct mail campaigns to promote steady growth of organizational memberships. Designed and deployed custom web scripts to automate event registration data entry.

Digital Archive Project Archivist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD.
February – August 2016
Inventoried, arranged, and described 3500 historical documents related to the Hubble Space Telescope and its science operations center, the Space Telescope Science Institute. Digitized, created metadata, and performed optical character recognition on documents to facilitate access. Built, organized, and maintained document databases and online Omeka repository. Contributed to planning and development of cross-departmental institution website archiving initiative. Created Unix shell script computer programs to automate document metadata creation and extraction.

Photograph Archive and Digitization Intern at Preservation Maryland, Baltimore, MD.
January – April 2016
Inventoried, arranged, and described collection of 3200 photographs. Digitized photographs, added metadata, and uploaded to organizational Flickr and CONTENTdm instances. Researched and identified photographs of unknown historic properties and locations within Maryland. Assisted in preparation and execution of annual Preservation Advocacy Day.

Special Collections and Archives Technician at Towson University Albert S. Cook Library, Towson, MD.
November 2014 – August 2015
Researched Baltimore Hebrew Institute Rare Books and Judaica Collection. Promoted the collection to the public using Instagram and interactive “White Gloves Sessions.” Composed collections guide. Inventoried and maintained catalog records for approximately 900 rare book, manuscript, and serial titles. Researched and answered faculty and researcher inquiries. Inventoried, accessioned, arranged, and described BHI institutional records held in Towson SC&A.

Appraisal and Outreach Intern at the Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD.
June – November 2014
Digitized 47 birth record index books to enable greater public accessibility public via the MSA website. Promoted projects and events using Facebook and Twitter. Provided logistical support for an archival facility inventory consolidation. Developed and executed time-sensitive plan for inventory, relocation, and record maintenance of several hundred plat maps.

Digital Media Chair and M.A. Student Representative, The James A. Barnes Club, Temple University History Department. 2017 – 2018.

Conference Organizer, “’This is Why We Fight’: Public History for the Public Good,” Temple University Center for Public History, Annual Public History Community Forum (PubComm). 2017.

Social Media Management Team, History Relevance Campaign. 2016 – 2017.

Volunteer Museum Ambassador and Visitor Services Desk Assistant, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC. 2015 – 2017.

National History Day Judge, National History Day, College Park, MD. 2016 – Present.

Maryland History Day Judge, Maryland Humanities Council, Baltimore, MD. 2015 – 2016.

Volunteer Artifact Cataloger, Herring Run Park Archaeology Project, Natural History Society of Maryland, Baltimore, MD. 2015.

Family History Festival Volunteer, Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, MD. 2014 and 2015.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference

National Council on Public History

American Association for State and Local History

Delaware Valley Archivists Group

Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Society of American Archivists