A 2016 family vacation led me to my first visit of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. I was enamored with the Jefferson Library, the first installment of the Library of Congress’ collection. Each book contained a single bookmark notating whether the book was originally from Jefferson’s collection or a replacement. It was there that I realized the time and care it took to prepare each artifact for display. At that moment I knew I wanted a career in historical conservation.
My passion initially led me to volunteer at local historical museums and archives. Since that time I have had the opportunity to attend the College of William & Mary’s National Institute of American History and Democracy program and intern at the Tennessee State Archives. I was a funded URECA assistant scholar, researching and publicizing historical narratives regarding the founding of Nashville. Most recently, I completed an internship with the Preservation Department of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and completed a history degree through the Honors College of Middle Tennessee State University. In my “spare time” I work as a docent at Oaklands Mansion, an antebellum home. I enjoy meeting guests, researching the home’s history, and wearing hoop skirts!
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