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Writer's Block: School Ties
Buffalo Central Terminal
Currently enrolled at school, majoring in History with a concentration in Public History.

I usually get asked "What's Public History?", so here's a pretty simple answer: instead of burying myself in books (although it does occasionally happen, don't you worry), I am more concerned with making history and historical sites accessible and interesting to the public. That being said, I'd like to work in a museum or historical society.

I'm fascinated with local history, especially that in my hometown of Buffalo, New York. Okay, I technically live in the suburbs, but I absolutely love the city. But it has a great (and sad) history, basically as a city that was on the verge of having everything until the Great Depression hit and industries collapsed in the 1970s. Buffalo is a "rust-belt" town, once heavily reliant on manufacturing that is no longer there. It works well, because I especially love industrial history and old steel mills--perfect for me, really. Actually hoping to volunteer at the Steel Plant Museum in Lackawanna, NY, where the Bethlehem Steel plant in Buffalo was located. Did you know that at one time, Buffalo out-produced the Steel City itself, Pittsburgh?

Getting back to the question. I would love to use this as a career, to make people excited and interested in their local history. Civic knowledge leads the way to good citizenship and participation in civic activities and improvement of hometowns everywhere. I want to make history exciting, make it engaging, and make people fall in love with their hometowns.

So...yeah. History. <3
What is (or was) your college major? Do you use it for your career?


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