Hello Greenwich Village, I’m Heather and I’m a first year Master’s student in NYU’s Archives and Public History program. I came to this city and program through my love of history and archival research. I recently relocated to New York from the great state Montana, where I completed a M.A. in American History and a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Montana. At UM, I researched late-nineteenth and early-twentieth courtship and marriage looking at the way women’s higher education, feminism, and relaxing social mores affected the social interactions of American youth. Since finishing my degree I have begun to search for new ways to connect my knowledge of American gender history with others that are interested in the topic.
After moving to New York last year, I interned at the Rubin Museum of Art in the Education Department where I helped facilitate museum guide and docent training. My experience with the Rubin sparked an interest in public history, which I have tried to combine with my more traditional training in academic history.
My research has also helped fuel my growing interest in women’s activism. At NYU I am interested in looking at the various ways women used the urban environment to push social boundaries through radical and not-so-radical feminist organizations. This city lies at the heart of so many monumental movements and I look forward to investigating as many as possible.