After engaging in museum related twitter chats and attending AAM's Annual Meeting in 2016, I noticed a lack of discussion around issues facing the Emerging Museum Professional's community. As the creator and host of #EMPChat on Twitter, I pose 3-4 questions centered around an issue within the EMP community to be answered during the week. Fostering the conversation, I monitor responses and engage participants in conversation and debate, and encourage new museum professionals or seasoned veterans to weigh-in.
MA Dissertation Research
While policy has advanced the formal educational world, perception has prevented legislative growth in the museum sector. As educational institutions, museums are natural partners for schools, but long-standing collaborative programming or partnerships are often rare. This dissertation attempts to explore the communicative barriers beyond NCLB with a review of relevant works, a small case study at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and a survey conducted between teachers and museum professionals. You can read it here. An article about this research was also featured in the VA Association of Museum's Blog which can be read here.
University of Leicester ‘Interpretive Hack’ Day
University of Leicester Master's students used the process of design thinking to evaluate current interpretation, and create new solutions for the Montagu Monuments at St. Edmund’s Church, a Buccleuch Living Heritage Trust site. Students were asked to create a ‘persona’ based on their audience, to allow them to ground interpretation outputs to specific individuals rather than broad groups. Our team, which represented faith groups selected the theme of grief, and proposed that the project could work strategically with local partners to develop a service to support people at times of grief, using the monuments as an engagement tool. A presentation of the prototype design to a panel of project stakeholders who provided constructive feedback. You can read the full report here.
Historic Leesburg, VA Lot #1
Chronicling the owners and use of Lot #1 in Historic Downtown Leesburg, from the original owner and town founder, Nicholas Minor. The historic use and structure was examined, as well as a timeline of deeds that pertained to the lot beginning with the town's creation in 1757. Research was prepared for Dr. David Clark (Loudoun Archaeological Foundation, Catholic University).
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
As an Archaeology Intern at Mount Vernon, my primary focus was dealing with artifacts from the South Grove Midden site, as well as a visual interpretation of the Mount Vernon Estate chronicling its various ownership and expansions. In the program, Interns participated in weekly readings and discussion, as well as leading a discussion panel on the various fields of expertise. A blog post on the Midden Project’s website was also required which can be found here.
General Jones' House
A group project for a JMU undergraduate course to document a historic building in downtown Harrisonburg, VA. Linking this structure to General Jones from the Confederacy, my primary focus on the project was material culture research, as well as primary photography documenting the building’s current status. The culmination of the project was sent as a full application to nominate General Jones’ House for the National Historic Registry