Welcome, Guest Curator Elizabeth Curley

Elizabeth Curley is a sophomore at Assumption College. She is an Elementary Education and History double major, with the goal of becoming a 6th grade social studies teacher. When it comes to history her favorite topics are the American Revolution, the Antebellum South, and the Industrial Revolution.   When she’s not being a dedicated student she enjoys learning about different world cultures and cooking. You can follow her public history twitter account: @WomenOfAC .

Welcome, Elizabeth Curley!

Welcome, Guest Curator Kathryn Severance

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 will be the guest curator of The Adverts 250 Project during the week of February 7 to 13.

Welcome, Kathryn Severance!

Welcome, Guest Curator Maia Campbell

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 paper, Le Provacateur. She will be guest curator of The Adverts 250 Project during the week of January 31 to February 6.

Welcome, Maia Campbell!

Announcement: Guest Curators

For the next five weeks students from my introductory Public History class at Assumption College will take on new responsibilities as guest curators for the Adverts 250 Project.  During this time, each guest curator will oversee the project for a week, selecting which advertisements to feature and writing a brief commentary explaining why they chose each  of them.  I will offer additional reflections and analysis.

Each student has learned how to navigate Readex’s Early American Newspapers database. In order to feature advertisements published on this date exactly 250 years ago (or as near as possible on those dates that no newspaper was printed in colonial America) each has learned about publication practices and schedules and, in turn, charted a calendar of all the newspapers published during his or her week.  They have written drafts of their commentary and met with me one-on-one during office hours to discuss their work.  I have made suggestions for revisions, but I have not intensively edited their work.  I prefer that each of them speaks (well, writes) in his or her own voice.

In addition to offering hands-on experience for my students, I anticipate that this will yield benefits for me as well.  Because we possess different levels of expertise and knowledge about the history of advertising, print, and consumer culture (as well as eighteenth-century America more generally), students will likely notice or have questions about different elements of newspaper advertising than those that usually attract my attention.  In preliminary meetings with students, they have already challenged me to think about some of their advertisements in new ways.

Some students have already described this project as “fun” in addition to educational.  I hope that regular readers will also enjoy this experience.  I know that I have been having a great time working with this engaged and dedicated group of students so far this semester.