Welcome, Guest Curator Evan Reichenthal

Evan Reichenthal is a senior at Assumption University in Worcerster, Massachusetts. He is majoring in History with minors in Political Science and Law, Ethics, and Constitutional Studies. His home town is Princeton, Massachusetts. Before college, he served as an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps, fighting in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He was subsequently wounded conducting combat operations against the Taliban in the Helmand Province. Evan received a Purple Heart for his actions. Evan is a lifelong student of history, one of his passions. He conducted the research for his current contributions as guest curator for the Slavery Adverts 250 Project when he was enrolled in HIS 400 – Research Methods: Vast Early America in Spring 2020.

Welcome, guest curator Evan Reichenthal.

Welcome, Guest Curator Kevin Nguyen

Kevin Nguyen is senior majoring in History at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was born and raised in Worcester. Kevin is interested in learning about conflict in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, geography, and advances in technology. He enjoys spending time in the d’Alzon Library, quietly studying and learning about new things there.  Kevin conducted the research for his current contributions as guest curator for the Slavery Adverts 250 Project when he was enrolled in HIS 400 – Research Methods: Vast Early America in Spring 2020.

Welcome, guest curator Kevin Nguyen!

Welcome, Guest Curator Conor Meehan

Conor Meehan is a 2020 graduate of Assumption College (now Assumption University) in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He majored in Global Studies with a minor in History.

Conor was not born in the United States (much to the surprise of many); he was adopted from the city of Perm, Russia. Since his adoption a few months after he was born, he resided in the town of Sudbury, Massachusetts. His brother and sister were also adopted from Russia, although from different cities. From an early age, their family raised them with activities that emphasized history, both of the United States and of other countries. Their ventures involved exploration of the Gettysburg battlefield; Ohio’s Serpent Mound; Massachusetts’ Minuteman National Park; the Lackawanna Coal Mine of Pennsylvania; Washington D.C.’s landmarks (including the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial); a few of the Spanish Missions of California; Italian landmarks such as the Colosseum and Circus Maximus; Ancient Mayan ruins of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula (encompassing such sites as Chichen Itza and Uxmal); and many more.

Perhaps not coincidentally, considering family trips regularly involved history of some sort, Conor was often most interested in courses with a heavy concentration on historic events. These courses immersed him in such topics as the Cold War and the early Islamic world. He also engaged in extracurricular activities such as screenings of documentaries, the Philosophy Club, and multi-college live feeds involving important political figures, notably former United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former United States National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

For one semester, Conor joined Assumption College’s Rome Program.  Activities regularly involved trips to some of Italy’s most noteworthy places, particularly in the context of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance: Pompeii, Florence, Asisi, and more. During breaks from classes, he took trips to other parts of Europe. The first of these he spent in the town of Interlaken, Switzerland, a town named for its location between two Alpine lakes. There, he went to a local nature park which housed some of the animals common in the region, went on a snowshoeing and sledding expedition in a town not far from Interlaken, and went on a guided tour which took a railway in the Jungfraujoch mountain pass. On another tripe, he traversed Hungary and Austria. To start, he traveled to the Hungarian capital Budapest, where he visited such locations as Matthias Church. His next destination was Vienna, Austria, where he embarked on a walking tour, which included one of the residences of composer Amadeus Mozart. Another stop was Salzburg, best known as both the birthplace of Mozart and for filming The Sound of Music.

Conor conducted the research for his current contributions as guest curator for the Slavery Adverts 250 Project when he was enrolled in HIS 400 – Research Methods: Vast Early America in Spring 2020.

Welcome, guest curator Conor Meehan.

Welcome, Guest Curator Liam Hatch

Liam Hatch is a senior majoring in History at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He also has minors in Art History and Education.  Liam is from Colchester, Vermont. He is fascinated by wars fought by the United States, especially World War I and World War II. On campus, Liam actively participates in numerous intramural events and works for the Plourde Recreation Center. He was a member of the Men’s Volleyball Club and is now a member of the co-ed Lifting Club. Liam’s goals are to earn a Master of Education and teach at the high school level. He might even become a college professor one day.  He conducted the research for his current contributions as guest curator for the Slavery Adverts 250 Project when he was enrolled in HIS 400 – Research Methods: Vast Early America in Spring 2020.

Welcome, guest curator Liam Hatch.

Welcome, Guest Curator Katherine Hammer

Katherine Hammer is a senior at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts, but she is from New York originally. She is a double major in History and Secondary Education, actively teaching at schools in the Worcester school districts as part of her coursework. Her interests in history include wars that shaped the world, early colonization of America, and German history. Outside of the classroom, Katherine is a goalkeeper on the Assumption women’s soccer team and enjoys volunteering with her team at various shelters in Worcester. Back at home, she works with students with intellectual and emotional disabilities, teaching them different social skills along with providing them a safe and caring environment to go to school. In the future, Katherine hopes to have a classroom of her own and build students’ passions for history, just like her teachers and professors have done for her.  She conducted the research for her current contributions as guest curator for the Slavery Adverts 250 Project when she was enrolled in HIS 400 – Research Methods: Vast Early America in Spring 2020.

Welcome, guest curator Katherine Hammer.

Welcome, Guest Curator Bryant Halpin

Bryant Halpin is a senior at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He is majoring in History with a minor in Education with plans to become a high school history teacher.  His home town is Valatie, New York.  Bryant participates in the university’s Ultimate Frisbee program and is the co-captain of the team.  He has previously served as guest curator for the Adverts 250 Project and the Slavery Adverts 250 Project when he enrolled in HIS 359 – Revolutionary America in Spring 2019. He conducted the research for his current contributions as guest curator for the Slavery Adverts 250 Project when he was enrolled in HIS 400 – Research Methods: Vast Early America in Spring 2020.

Welcome, guest curator Bryant Halpin.

Welcome, Guest Curator Joseph Facteau

Joseph Facteau, a senior, is a double major in History and Education major at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Joe is very passionate about military history from 1850 to the present. He specializes in the World War II era and does historical reenacting across New England as an 82nd Airborne Division member of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. You may have seen him in documentaries or at events such as the Collings Foundation’s Battle for the Airfield in October in recent years. Joe is also an active member of the Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, as one of its historians. Joe’s dream is to become a middle school history teacher. He conducted the research for his current contributions as guest curator for the Slavery Adverts 250 Project when he was enrolled in HIS 400 – Research Methods: Vast Early America in Spring 2020.

Welcome, guest curator Joe Facteau.

Welcome, Guest Curator Sean Duda

Sean Duda is a senior at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He is majoring in History with a minor in Music. Sean is from Trumbull, Connecticut. He is a member of several organizations on campus, including Music Ministry, Jazz Band, Charismatic Praise, and Advocates for Life. He enjoys learning how to play new instruments and learning about Europe in the Middle Ages and the World Wars. He has previously served as guest curator for the Adverts 250 Project and the Slavery Adverts 250 Project when he enrolled in HIS 359 – Revolutionary America in Spring 2019. He conducted the research for his current contributions as guest curator for the Slavery Adverts 250 Project when he was enrolled in HIS 400 – Research Methods: Vast Early America in Spring 2020.

Welcome, guest curator Sean Duda.

Welcome, Guest Curator Luke DiCicco

Luke DiCicco is a senior with a double major in History and Political Science at Assumption University. East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, is his home town. His main historical interests include the World Wars and the history of Europe, but he is always eager to learn about anything related to history. He is a member of the Honors Program as well as a resident assistant. He is involved in the Campus Activities Board, Best Buddies, and Student Government Association. He is also an Admissions Ambassador. He has gone on SEND trips to both Washington, DC, and Delaware during spring break in 2018 and 2019. He has previously served as guest curator for the Adverts 250 Project and the Slavery Adverts 250 Project when he enrolled in HIS 359 – Revolutionary America in Spring 2019. He conducted the research for his current contributions as guest curator for the Slavery Adverts 250 Project when he was enrolled in HIS 400 – Research Methods: Vast Early America in Spring 2020.

Welcome, guest curator Luke DiCicco.

Welcome, Guest Curator Andrew Crawford

Andrew Crawford, known as “AJ” to most, graduated from Assumption College in 2020 with a major in History and a minor in Education. He is especially interested in the history of the twentieth century, especially the World Wars and their legacies in the present day.  He served as a resident assistant.  AJ hopes to become a Special Education teacher.  He conducted the research for his contributions as guest curator for the Slavery Adverts 250 Project when he was enrolled in HIS 400 – Research Methods: Vast Early America in Spring 2020.

Welcome, guest curator Andrew “AJ” Crawford.