Guest Contributors

Mary Aldrich is a senior at Assumption College, majoring in History. She finds all areas of history interesting because every period has contributed to the human consciousness in some way. She has enjoyed immensely working on the Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballads Project, a collaborative effort with the American Antiquarian Society.  She was guest curator of the  Adverts 250 Project during the week of February 21 to 27 and March 27 to April 2, 2016.

Samuel Birney is a junior majoring in History at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has completed the department’s capstone seminar, researching and writing “The Emergence of International Aid and Relief: Comparing the Disaster Responses of Naples and Lisbon.” He will present that work at the college’s annual Undergraduate Symposium in April. He has made the Dean’s List every semester. Sam is interested in how human belief and behavior have changed over the course of history and the development of cultures across the world. He believes history is one of the means we have of coming to understand humankind’s place in the world, in the past, present, and future.  He will be the guest curator of the Adverts 250 Project during the week of February 26 to March 4, 2017.  He will also curate the Slavery Adverts 250 Project during the week of March 12 to 18, 2017.  (Spring 2017)

Maia Campbell is a first-year student and History major in the Honors Program at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Outside of studying history, with the goal of ultimately becoming a public historian, she writes for the college’s newspaper, Le Provacateur. She was guest curator of The Adverts 250 Project during the week of January 31 to February 6, 2016.

Nicholas Commesso is a senior at Assumption College, majoring in History with minors in Psychology and French. He is the goalie for the ice hockey team and a member of the Assumption College Young Conservatives Club. Raised in Marshfield, Massachusetts, he takes pride in graduating from The Governor’s Academy, the oldest boarding school in America (founded by bequest of Governor Dummer in 1763). Commesso has previous experience working with public history and digital humanities. For his Vocations in Public History course, he researched and created a video documenting the Higgins Armory Museum, a building on Preservation Worcester’s most endangered list. He has also contributed to the Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballads Project at the American Antiquarian Society, using T-PEN to transcribe and tag a ballad, as part of his Revolutionary America course. He has also made presentations at the Assumption College Undergraduate Symposium. He will be guest curator for the Adverts 250 Project during the week of September 25 to October 1, 2016, as well as curator of the Slavery Adverts 250 Project during the week of October 16 to 22.

Carolyn Crawford is a junior at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she is an Elementary Education and History double major. She especially enjoys learning about the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, and the Civil War. She is an active member of several campus organizations, including the Campus Activities Board, the Human Services Club, and Bible Study. She will be guest curator of The Adverts 250 Project during the week of November 6 to 12, 2016, as well as curator of The Slavery Adverts Project during the week of November 20 to 26, 2016.

Elizabeth Curley is a junior at Assumption College. She is an Elementary Education and History double major, with the goal of becoming a sixth grade social studies teacher. When it comes to history her favorite topics are colonial America, the American Revolution, and the Industrial Revolution.  Beyond the classroom, she enjoys learning about different world cultures and cooking. You can follow her Public History Twitter account:  @WomenOfAC.  She has previous public history and digital humanities experience, including using T-PEN to transcribe and tag ballads for the Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballads Project at the American Antiquarian Society. She was guest curator of The Adverts 250 Project during the weeks of February 14 to 20 and March 20 to 26, 2016. She will be returning the week of October 2 to 8, as well as curating The Slavery Adverts 250 Project during the week of October 30 to November 5, 2016.

Trevor Delp is a sophomore and History major at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. His favorite historical topics include Latin American history and Revolutionary American history. Outside of studying history, Trevor is interested in literature and film and cooking. He was guest curator during the week of February 28 to March 5, 2016.

Lindsay Hajjar is a junior at Assumption College, majoring in Elementary Education and History. She intends to focus on early childhood education when obtaining her master’s, but has a strong interest in Colonial and Revolutionary America. Outside the classroom, she is an active member of many different organizations on campus, including Class Assembly, Peers Advocating Wellness for Others, Human Services Club, and the Assumption College Chorale. Last spring she traveled with the Chorale to the Czech Republic and Austria. She has a passion for travel and cannot wait to explore more of the world. For now, history provides opportunities for her to see a lot of the world. She will be the guest curator for the Adverts 250 Project during the week of October 16 to 22, 2016, as well as guest curator for the Slavery Adverts 250 Project during the week of December 4 to 10, 2016.

Shannon Holleran is a sophomore majoring in Education and History at Assumption College. She has always had a love for history, but truly recognized her passion for the past when she visited Washington, DC, to participate in the finals for the National History Day competition. She spent a week in DC exploring the city and delving into our nation’s history. After that incredible experience, she was certain she wanted to pursue a career in history. She will be the guest curator of the Adverts 250 Project during the week of February 19 to 25, 2017. She will also curate the Slavery Adverts 250 Project during the week of March 19 to 26, 2017.  (Spring 2017)

Patrick Keane is a sophomore who transferred to Assumption College from Kennebec Valley Community College, where he was an honor student. He is majoring in History and minoring in Economics. He was on the varsity soccer and tennis teams at Waterville Senior High, in Waterville, Maine. He will be guest curator for The Adverts 250 Project during the week of November 20 to 26, 2016, as well as curator of The Slavery Adverts Project during the week of October 23 to 29, 2016.

Andrew Lampi graduated from Assumption College, the valedictorian of the Class of 2016.  He majored in Psychology and minored in Peace and Conflict Studies. Much of the work in his minor has focused on historical events, and he particularly enjoys learning about and working on projects focusing on Colonial, Revolutionary, and Early Republic America. Outside the classroom, Andrew is an avid outdoorsman who also enjoys a great book. He has transcribed more than fifteen documents for the Isaiah Thomas Broadsides Ballads Project, many of them for the capstone research project for his minor, and hopes to contribute to the project in the future.

Daniel McDermott is a sophomore majoring in History at Assumption College. He has worked for the National Park Service during the last two summers, first as a Cultural Resources Intern and then as a Park Ranger at Lowell National Historical Park. He loves learning about history and sharing it. He is especially interested in the fields of early American history and environmental history. He hopes to continue studying history in graduate school and one day become a high school history teacher. He will be the guest curator of the Adverts 250 Project during the week of March 12-18, 2017.  He previously curated the Slavery Adverts 250 Project during the week of February 19-25.

Ceara Morse is a sophomore majoring in Secondary Education and History at Assumption College. From a young age she found history interesting because history is being made every day, not just in the distant past. She is fascinated by many historical periods and places, but wants to focus on U.S. History. She will be guest curator of The Adverts 250 Project during the week of October 30 to November 5, 2016, as well as curator of The Slavery Adverts 250 Project during the week of October 9 to 15, 2016.

Jordan Russo is a senior at Assumption College, where she is double majoring in Elementary Education and History.  Her favorite historical topics are Ancient Egypt and Ancient China. In addition to her studies, Jordan works at a daycare and is a cheerleader at Assumption College. She has also participated in the annual UMass Medicine Cancer Walk and Run for the past three years and volunteered with Working for Worcester for the last two years. She will be guest curator for The Adverts 250 Project during the week of October 9 to 15, as well as curator for The Slavery Adverts 250 Project during the week of November 13 to 19.

Nicholas Sears is a sophomore majoring in History at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He previously attended Bridgewater State University and Regis College. One of his essays, “Narcan and the Heroin Epidemic in Massachusetts,” appeared in the seventh edition of Embracing Writing: First- and Second-Year Writing at Bridgewater State University (2015). He will be guest curator for The Adverts 250 Project during the week of November 27 to December 3, 2016, as well as curator of The Slavery Adverts 250 Project during the week of November 6 to 12, 2016.

Kathryn J. Severance is a junior at Assumption College, majoring in English and minoring in history. She is also a multi-media journalist who works as a staff writer for Assumption College’s Odyssey online and as an intern for the business and news sections of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. Her favorite historical interests include Native American history, colonial history, and World War II history, but she is interested in learning about as much of history as she can.  She was guest curator of The Adverts 250 Project during the week of February 7 to 13, 2016.

Katherine Smoak is a Ph.D. candidate in the History department at Johns Hopkins University. Her dissertation, tentatively entitled “Circulating Counterfeits: Making Money and its Meanings in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic,” recovers the importance of counterfeits to economic and political life in the eighteenth century.  She contributed “A Counterfeit Advertisement for Counterfeit Currency” on January 25, 2016.

Megan Watts is a sophomore at Assumption College, where she is a History major and intends to pursue a minor in either Political Science or Women’s Studies. She has enjoyed participating in various educational programs offered at the Fairfield Museum and History Center in Fairfield, Connecticut. She plans to become a historian, believing that understanding the past leads to a better future for the world. She will be a guest curator for The Adverts 250 Project during the week of October 23 to 29, 2016, as well as curator of The Slavery Adverts 250 Project during the week of November 27 to December 3, 2016.

Mary Williams is a senior majoring in Secondary Education and History at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. She was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the History National Honor Society, in her junior year. She has previous experience with public history and digital humanities, having contributed to the Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballads Project at the American Antiquarian Society. As part of her Revolutionary America class she used T-PEN to transcribe and tag a ballad to make it more accessible to scholars and general audiences. Beyond her studies she enjoys baking and giving piano lessons. She will be gust curator of The Adverts 250 Project during the week of November 13 to 19, 2016, as well as curator of The Slavery Adverts Project during the week of October 2 to 8, 2016.