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Alexa Wallace

Fields: Public History, Women’s History, Colonial America
Interests: Historic Fashion, Museum Interpretation
Education: M.B.A., Franklin Pierce University; B.A., Franklin Pierce University

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. Thus, I would be able to contribute to the social discourse of women in the “Early Republic.” 

In my senior year of college 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.

While at UMass I hope to learn more about the multiple disciplines of history, and expand on my research of women in the “Early Republic.” I also want to grow as a professional in the field of Public History to learn new methods and tools for the job market.