Elizabeth Wells is an accelerated student in the MCPH program from South Hill, Virginia. She will graduate in May of 2017 with her BA in History and a minor in American Studies. She is currently Historian of the History Club and a leader within the BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry) of VT. Through the MCPH program she hopes to one-day work within the planning, business, or educational sector of historical museums.
Emily Bianchi graduated from Beloit College in 2012 with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Museum Studies. After graduating, she worked as a registrar at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center where she worked closely with components of dismantled artist-built environments as well as artist-built environments in situ. This experience informed her interest in cultural heritage sites that reveal local, untold histories. Through her studies in the Material Culture and Public Humanities program, Emily will examine the many considerations surrounding the preservation, funding, interpretation and programming necessary for these sites to retain the significance they deserve.
Kelly Cooper is from Richmond, Virginia. She graduated in May 2017 summa cum laude from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in History and minors in Art History, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Classical Studies, and War and Society. Prior to her graduate career, Kelly has interned and worked at Agecroft Hall, the Department of Historic Resources, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Her passion for research and understanding interdisciplinary and international approaches to the built heritage led her to study abroad in the UK and compose her honors thesis on “The Illumination of the York Minster and St. Patrick’s Cathedral: Two Preservation Approaches.” She had the great fortune to present her research at the ACC Meeting of the Minds in the spring of 2017. While in the Material Culture and Public Humanities program, Kelly plans to focus on the preservation and presentation of material culture and architectural heritage.
Sarah Tucker is from Richmond, Virginia, and received her B.A. in History with a concentration in Public History and a minor in Art History from Longwood University in 2017. As an undergraduate, Sarah completed an academic internship at the Maymont Mansion, a historic house museum in Richmond, and completed work at the Longwood University Archives, the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, and the Longwood Institute of Archaeology. Through her work in the Material Culture and Public Humanities program, Sarah plans to concentrate on exhibit design and curatorship.