CLASS OF 2015
Erin Bernard (blog). I completed my B.A. in Journalism at Temple University in 2007. My thesis project is the Philadelphia Public History Truck, a mobile museum utilizing material culture and oral history to increase cultural accessibility and community connections. I am currently the Publicity, Engagement and Outreach Associate of the Painted Bride Art Center and a curatorial member of Little Berlin, an artist-run collective and gallery space in North Philadelphia. Beyond public history as a vehicle for place-based change making, I’m most interested in urban history, midwifery, and environmental preservation. Internship: Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Employer: Founding Director, Chief Currator, Philadelphia Public History Truck
Lyell Funk (blog). My undergraduate institution was Cornell University, where I earned a B.A. in History. I have interests in American urban history and public history. In the summer of 2011, I interned at the American Numismatic Society in New York, helping to establish a database for the society’s library. In the summer of 2010, I interned at the Nassau County Museum of Art, where I helped to plan an exhibit featuring the artwork of Milton Avery. Internship:Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks.
Mary O’Neill (blog). I received degrees in Anthropology and Drawing from the University of Florida. I have done archaeological lab and fieldwork at Kingsley Plantation, volunteered at the Harn Museum of Art and most recently worked in the children’s department of a small public library. I am interested in educational outreach and am infatuated with how technological and social changes are conveyed through the history of illustration and children’s books. Internship: The Print Center. Employer: National Park Service
CLASS OF 2014
Erin Shipley (blog). As an undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh I majored in history and completed two internships in archives. During my second internship, I worked with the education officer at the City of Westminster Archives Centre. It was in London that I realized historic research—and all of the documents and objects filling the archives—should be shared with the public. At Temple, my coursework and internship at a local house museum has led me to discover my passion for research and for figuring out how to best tell a story through that research in an interesting and meaningful way. Thesis: “Friends of Franklin: Conflicted Transatlantic Interpretation of Benjamin Franklin in London.” Internship: Glen Foerd on the Delaware. Employer: History Making Productions.
Class of 2012
Lyndsey Brown Frigm, “Founding Force, Forgotten Focus: A Case Study of Gender Influence within the Preservation of Historic House Museums.”
Devin Manzullo-Thomas, “Born-Again Brethren: History as Identity and Theology in the Cultural Transformation of a ‘Plain People’.”
Jenna Marrone, “Inspiring Public Trust in Our Cultural Institutions: Archives, Public History, and the Philadelphia President’s House.”
Bayard Miller, “When Old Media Was New: Learning from the Past, Archiving for the Future.”
John Pettit, “Digital History and Community Engagement: In Theory and in Practice.”
Class of 2011
Sara Borden, “An Examination of How Archives Have Influenced the Telling of the Story of Philadelphia’s Civil Rights Movement,” [view].
Jessica C. Clark, “Women’s History in House Museums: How Using Local Archives Can Improve their Histories,” [view].
Javier Garcia, “Re-remembering the Royal Theater: Public History, Place, and Urban History,” [view].
Steven Greenstein, “Re-envisiong the 1876 Centennial Exhibition: New Exhibit Solutions for an Old Interpretive Problem,” [view].
Class of 2009
Dana Dorman, “Searching for Vision: The Beginning and End of the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies.”
Heather Isbell Schumacher, “Culture, Community, and Commerce: Odunde and the Use of Festival on South Street.”