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GRADUATE PORTFOLIO

University of Houston, 2022-2024

Here, you will find selections from my final portfolio for my M.A. in Public History and Graduate Certificate in Museum and Gallery Management from April/May 2024. These include my favorite pieces from my graduate coursework, reflections and/or samples from my internship and fellowship experiences, and a genealogical report that helped land me my first full-time job. I am presenting all of this work as-is; minimal edits were made between the time I turned it in originally and the time I incorporated it into my portfolio. I am incredibly proud of how far I have come in the last two years, and I hope you enjoy seeing my public historian side.

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100 YEARS OF STORIES EXHIBITS AND INTERVIEW QUOTES

Fall 2022, Fall 2023

During my first semester at the University of Houston, my Readings in Public History course (essentially a required introductory course for the field) offered me the chance to work on the 100 Years of Stories "Agents of Change" exhibit with the MD Anderson Library. This document features my quotes from two different articles regarding the exhibit that I volunteered to be interviewed for and images from the exhibit opening, where I volunteered as a tour guide.

U.S. HISTORIOGRAPHY TO 1877: FINAL ESSAY DRAFT

Fall 2022

This is a mostly complete draft copy of the final essay from my U.S. Historiography to 1877 class. I was only able to find the draft copy because the final version was downloaded onto a former laptop and was not backed up to the cloud. However, I still wanted to showcase the piece as it stands as it is one of my personal favorite pieces from my first semester. In this essay, I use course readings from the semester and external research to propose the creation of an exhibit on the history of women in early America.

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SOCIAL HISTORY THROUGH TIME AND PLACE: FINAL HISTORIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY

Fall 2022

This is the final historiographical essay for my Social History coursework, for which I chose to write about the historiography of the women's suffrage press in America.

MUSEUM PROGRAMMING: SPECULATIVE EXHIBIT PROPOSAL

Spring 2023

For this first assignment in my Museum Programming class, I was tasked with picking an item from a museum's collection and reimagining an exhibit based around that object.

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LABOR HISTORY: FINAL HISTORIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY

Spring 2023

For my final essay in my Labor History class, I chose to write about how the history of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire has been written about. I chose this topic because I had a good familiarity with the event from reading Margaret Peterson's YA historical fiction book, Uprising, in my middle school years.

HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON INTERNSHIP: FINAL REFLECTION ESSAY

Spring 2023

As a part of my degree requirements, I was expected to complete two internships over the course of my studies. My first graduate internship experience was at Holocaust Museum Houston as an intern in Visitor and Volunteer Services, and later as a curatorial volunteer. 

Image is courtesy of Geoffrey Leon. License information can be found by clicking the image. 

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FORT TICONDEROGA GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP: FINAL REFLECTION ESSAY

Summer 2023

I had the great fortune of spending last summer as the Academic Programs Graduate Fellow at Fort Ticonderoga. During my time there, I got to help facilitate the Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute and conduct research into women's roles at the Fort during both the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.

FORT TICONDEROGA GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP: SAMPLE OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR BIOGRAPHIES

Summer 2023

These are a few of my favorite biographies that I wrote for Fort Ticonderoga concerning women in the American Revolution.

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FORT TICONDEROGA GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP: SAMPLE OF REVOLUTIONARY WAR BIOGRAPHIES

Summer 2023

These are a few of my favorite biographies that I wrote for Fort Ticonderoga concerning women in the French and Indian War.

INTRO TO MUSEUM AND GALLERY MANAGEMENT: CASE STUDY PAPER

Fall 2023

For my midterm paper in my Introduction to Museum and Gallery Management course, I was tasked with conducting a case study on a current museum issue. Given discussions happening surrounding questionable collections practices at the British Museum at the time, I decided to tackle the concept of provenance.

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APPLIED MUSEUM STUDIES: FINAL OBJECT POSTER

Fall 2023

For my Applied Museum Studies class, we partnered with the Mollie & Louis Kaplan Museum of Judaica at Congregation Beth Yeshurun in Houston to research items in their collections and craft catalog essays and poster presentations. I chose this particular ketubah, a Jewish marriage contract, because (a) it had been found unexpectedly among some items that were in the process of being cataloged in the 1970s with no documentation as to where it came from, and (b) because I wanted to explore an item related to women's history in some way.

FUNDAMENTALS AND STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR THE ARTS: PART 3 OF MIDTERM PROJECT

Spring 2024

This is probably my favorite piece that I worked on all semester. For Part 3 of my research project for my Fundamentals and Strategic Planning for the Arts course, I was tasked with creating a fictional organization that was at least three to five years old, had acquired its non-profit status, and had an annual operating revenue of $150,000. Let me introduce you to Women's Stories Foundation, Inc.

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DIGITAL HISTORY: OVERVIEW OF FINAL GRANT PROPOSAL

Spring 2024

I am still in the final stretch for my final grant proposal for my Digital History course, but this is the overview of my ideas and thoughts that I have been putting together over the course of the semester via weekly journal entries. If there is interest, maybe I'll share my final proposal with the sample design document and work product after I turn it in on Friday!

SHARING STORIES FROM 1977 GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP: SUMMARY OF WORK COMPLETED

Fall 2022-Spring 2024

I have absolutely loved my time as a graduate research assistant on the Sharing Stories From 1977 project. This project captures the stories of all of the participants who attended the National Women's Conference in Houston, Texas in 1977. I would have loved to have shared some of the pieces that I worked on, but I don't want to showcase the editing of other students' work without permission. So, this is simply a short summary of all of the work I accomplished in this graduate fellowship over the last two years.


If you click the image, it will take you to the Sharing Stories website. 

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GENEALOGY REPORT SAMPLE: SAGE FAMILY

Fall 2023-Spring 2024

This is a three-generation genealogy report for the Sage Family that I created for my job application to the Daughters of the American Revolution. Despite having completed several years’ worth of personal genealogical research and professional research for various internships, I had never been asked to create a narrative report before. I have modeled this sample report after documents that I have worked with in the past and the genealogy citations based on the Genealogy Appendix to the Hanover College Style Sheet for Chicago Manual Footnotes. I hope to learn more about the proper formatting styles at my new job!

INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HISTORY SYLLABUS

Fall 2024

This is a sample syllabus for an introductory public history course that I created as a required element of my graduate portfolio.

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WOMEN'S PUBLIC HISTORY SYLLABUS

Spring 2025

This is a sample syllabus for an women's public history course that I created as a required element of my graduate portfolio.

Graduate Portfolio: My Work
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