Born and raised in Northern New Jersey, I spent the last four years in the mountains of Vermont at Bennington College. Since Bennington doesn’t have majors, I concentrated primarily in history and anthropology, exploring an overall question of how we represent and think about culture and history and how it impacts our collective memory. This question coupled with my interest in Irish Studies, culminated in my senior thesis where I researched and analyzed Irish Iron Age bog bodies, their exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland, and the exhibition’s impact on the Irish collective memory.
The question that guided my undergraduate education sparked my interest in public history and archives, which allowed me to further explore how we think about culture and history in the world outside of academia. For the past two years I’ve worked at The Hermitage, a Gothic revival house in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey in various roles and projects. Currently I’m the museum’s archivist and have spent the last few months cataloging a new collection and consulting with the curator on an upcoming exhibition to celebrate 350 years of New Jersey State history.
As a first year MA student in Archives and Public History at NYU I hope to further explore the questions I started to pursue at Bennington and continue to create excitement and enthusiasm about history and artifacts of the past.