Welcome to my blog where I aim to post information about my professional accomplishments, connect with other people in the history field, and share my goals for the future. I graduated from Providence College in 2006 with a degree in history. I did not have a specialization as an undergraduate but I did take many classes in American history. After college, I moved to the Washington, D.C. area and participated in many public history activities. I interned with the National Park Service on the National Mall and I volunteered for the local historical society of Arlington, VA. These experiences gave me a broad perspective of both national and local public history. In 2009 I began working as an administrative assistant at the American Historical Association (AHA). This job has helped me keep up with the current challenges, research and trends in the history field. Currently, I am attending George Mason University where I am in the applied history track with a specialization in American history. During my first year I have enjoyed taking a museum studies class and have also focused on late 19th century American History by taking a classes on the Reconstruction and the Gilded Age.
Working at the AHA has changed my opinion of technology. Before I was not a fan of anything technical because I did not see the benefit. I hated the one computer class I took and was proud to have a cell phone that was definitely not a smartphone. However, my stance changed after my coworkers showed me the value of technology. They showed me how it could help me do more in a shorter amount of time and enable me to do things that would be impossible without using technology. Through this job I have gained experience with mail merge emails, Gmail add ons, the AHA’s association management system, blogs, twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and editing the AHA’s website. I have also realized the importance of technology to the future of the history field. I have seen how the academic world is slowly focusing more on electronic material and less on their printed matter. I also assisted in organizing last year’s annual meeting of the AHA that included a special THATCamp session.
In my personal life I have become a big fan of Google products. I have found that they are easy to use and allow me to do many things for free that other companies would charge for. I have used Gmail for email, Google Calendar for scheduling and Google Drive to store all my documents. I hope to strengthen my technical and intellectual skills as well as broaden my knowledge of what else is possible with technology by taking Clio Wired.
*This essay reflects my personal reflections and does not constitute an official statement by the American Historical Association.