#19forthe19th: Women at Work

Women have always worked. But the nature of that work and where it took place has changed over time. In the United States, before the late 19th century, the majority of women’s work was domestic, but as economic and social changes took place, women began working outside of the home and in more varied roles.Continue reading “#19forthe19th: Women at Work”

#19forthe19th: Women Abolitionists

Fittingly, the US National Archives Instagram Challenge in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment has assigned the theme of Women Abolitionists to fall on June 19th, Juneteenth, the day that remaining enslaved people were emancipated in the state of Texas in 1865 after the end of the Civil War. The celebration of freedomContinue reading “#19forthe19th: Women Abolitionists”

#19ForThe19th: Why Are Our Heroines Hidden?

Over the next 19 weeks, the US National Archives is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. On June 4, 1919, Congress voted to pass the amendment which would then go to the states for ratification before becoming law of the land in 1920. Each Wednesday is aContinue reading “#19ForThe19th: Why Are Our Heroines Hidden?”

#WomeninCulture: Women’s History & Public History

In the field of public history, the interpretation of women’s history has become a hot topic with increasing attention and emphasis being placed on including women’s perspectives in museum exhibits and other public history initiatives. This post is a literature review and essay on how women’s history has historically been presented via museums and historicContinue reading “#WomeninCulture: Women’s History & Public History”

History in Song: “Alive with the Glory of Love” by Say Anything

An alternative rock song about the Holocaust? That probably sounds strange. And the result has been described as an “intense and oddly uplifting rocker about a relationship torn by the Holocaust.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) “Alive with the Glory of Love” (2004) by the emo/indie/alternative rock band Say Anything, is loosely based on the lives of theContinue reading “History in Song: “Alive with the Glory of Love” by Say Anything”

Organize Your Family Archives (Like Monica Geller): Step 3

Step 1: Start. Step 2: Keep sorting and do your research. Step 3: Make some storage decisions. Now that you have sorted your collection, done your research to decide where each item should go, and assessed the size and condition of your collection, you are ready to decide how you want to store it. Album,Continue reading “Organize Your Family Archives (Like Monica Geller): Step 3”

Organize Your Family Archive Like Monica Geller: Step 2

Step 1: Start – Prepare your space and dive in to the sorting. Step 2: Keep Sorting and Start Researching So you’ve started trying to sort through your family photos, but may have been overwhelmed by the sheer number you have, or how many you weren’t sure about either the date, the people pictured, orContinue reading “Organize Your Family Archive Like Monica Geller: Step 2”

Organize Your Family Archive Like Monica Geller: Step 1

So you want to get your family photos and other archives in order but you aren’t sure where to start. Dig deep and harness your inner Monica Geller! Yes, that Monica Geller, from the 90’s hit sitcom Friends. Step 1: Start. Easier said than done, but to get started you have to dive in. ButContinue reading “Organize Your Family Archive Like Monica Geller: Step 1”

Public Historian on Vacation: 3 Part Series

I haven’t posted on promised subjects yet, but I am still researching and have half of a post drafted on the gendered history of baking. I just haven’t quite gotten that project where I want it yet, so I’m moving on to other topics for the time being. I’ve been busy, at work & atContinue reading “Public Historian on Vacation: 3 Part Series”

15 Social Media Tips for Museums and Historic Sites

In my current role as archivist and media assistant for a private company I’ve picked up a few social media tips that can be applied to history museums, historic sites, and other institutions wanting to post historical content to social media platforms. Some of these tips are also informed by my time managing social mediaContinue reading “15 Social Media Tips for Museums and Historic Sites”