Joseph Makuc (Blog) I received a BA in History from Ursinus College with Honoros, having written a thesis that interprets sexuality in Measure for Measure vis-à-vis early modern England. I also helped produce an Omega exhibit on the history of theater at Ursinus. I have worked as a museum assistant for the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, docent for the Bidwell House Museum, and oral history intern for Housatonic Heritage. My research interests include food, imperialism, and sexuality.

Ariel McManus (Blog) I received a B.A. in communications and a minor in English from Marymount University with the intention of entering the publishing industry. Instead, I fell in love with museums when I volunteered at the National Air and Space Museum. I currently work at the Franklin Institute where I develop programs for traveling exhibits such as Jurassic World, Terracotta Warriors, Vikings, and Marvel. My main interests are science history and the impact of infectious diseases.

Alex O’Gorman (Blog) I received a BA in History from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. While residing in Virginia, I interned for Preservation Virginia at three of their locations: The Patrick Henry House, The John Marshall House, and Bacon’s Castle. Subsequently, interning at Preservation Virginia introduced me to the field of public history and ignited my interest in working with preserved historic sites. Currently, I am a historic research intern at AECOM. My interests include Native American history and Antebellum American history.

Isabel Steven (Blog) I earned my BA in History from the College of William and Mary. I have worked and interned at a variety of museums and libraries since high school, including the Library of Congress, the Getty Museum in LA, and the Valentine Museum in Richmond, VA. I currently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. My historical interests include LGBTQ+ and queer history, as well as pre- and early modern history.

Mackenzie Warren (Blog) I graduated with a BA in History, with a concentration in American History, and a minor in French from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, I taught English in France to children aged 4-11. When I returned, I continued to work with school children and adults as a tour guide in Germantown and Old City. My interests are women’s history, textiles, and women’s labor. I use historical costuming and the research involved with it as a hands on practice to try to understand the lived experience of women in the past.


Jessica R. Markey (Blog) I received a B.A. in History and American Indian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. I am a citizen of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and my research interests include Native American history, diplomacy, race/ethnicity, and identity. My undergraduate honors thesis concerns the life and legacy of Moses Tunda Tatamy, an 18th century Delaware/Lenape diplomat. I have interned at Pennsbury Manor, the country estate of William Penn, where I researched the relationship between Penn and local American Indians to assist in the development of interpretive programs.

Alanna Shaffer (Blog) Shaffer earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts at Sarah Lawrence College, where she took the liberal arts idea to heart and studied everything from theatre and writing to Spanish and sociology. She’s cultivated a love for public history working as a Tour Guide at Eastern State Penitentiary, using interpretation of the prison’s history as a lens for discussing contemporary issues of incarceration. For the past three years at Eastern State, Alanna has also assisted in the development of the Returning Citizens Tour Guide program, an award-winning program which hires formerly incarcerated individuals to give tours of the site while incorporating their lived experience of incarceration.

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