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Alexa Harrington

 

Fields: Public History, Comparative Gender, Early AmericaAlexa is a pale woman with dark brown hair wearing a black top.

Interests: Historic Fashion, Historic Dance, Museum Interpretation
Education: M.B.A., Franklin Pierce University; B.A., Franklin Pierce University

amwallace@umass.edu

My interest in Women’s History began in elementary school after reading a children’s biography of Abigail Adams. While getting my B.A. in History I chose to pursue researching, reading, and connecting with the past, while wondering more about the experiences women had during the late 18thCentury and early 19th Century. This journey brought me to various archives and museums along the east coast. These records, artifacts, and personal stories intrigued me to begin my work in museum education and historic interpretation for Old Sturbridge Village and The Colonial Williamsburg foundation. 

In my last year of undergrad at Franklin Pierce University, I completed my capstone research on the evolution of indentured servitude to racialized slavery during the 17th- 18thCentury in Virginia. This research provoked interesting conversations with visitors at work. Currently, I work at the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association in Deerfield, Massachusetts, as an educator.

So far at UMass, I participated in the creation of an Oral History project for Old Sturbridge Village to commemorate their 75th Anniversary next year. My latest research has focused on women in the early to mid-nineteenth century in relation to advice literature, the press, and slavery. 

Recently, my interests have moved across the ocean to Britain and France as a Trans-Atlantic approach to gender history and its relationship to labor in the early nineteenth century. In addition, I have been busy at work with Historic Deerfield in their museum education department, public programming, collections, and academic programs learning and creating content for both the museum and for public use. This past summer, I served as a research assistant with Dr. Anne Broadbridge as well.