What I’ve Done
To provide a tangible showcase of my work, I’ve included a portfolio of some of my projects. Take a moment to explore.
One of the most fun - and challenging - historical projects I have undertaken was researching and restoring original photographs at Eleanor Roosevelt's home, Val-Kill. In total, I found around one hundred photographs ER had in her home at the time of her death in 1962 and had them framed and hung for visitors to enjoy. Not only that, I also worked with the National Park Service to create a site to help visitors understand the history behind the photos. View the photos here.
AMERICAN HERITAGE MAGAZINE
The Coal Miner's Daughter
It was a true joy researching the one and only Loretta Lynn. This article was released to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of her autobiographical song, "Coal Miner's Daughter." Join me as I examine her humble beginnings and her remarkable rise to stardom. Lynn is the most awarded female in country music, yet her heart has never left that cabin on a hill in Butcher Holler. Read the article in the October 2020 issue of American Heritage issue.
PAT NIXON AT USC
The Trojan First Lady
The highlight of my time working with the Richard Nixon Foundation was putting together a special exhibit on first lady Pat Nixon at her alma mater, USC. I did some digging in the archives and collaborated with USC to find some rare gems to display in the Town & Gown building. I also created an online exhibit to serve as a companion.
MADELEINE ALBRIGHT EXHIBIT
Read My Pins
I was thrilled to be interning at the FDR Library when one our special visitors was - none other than - Madeleine Alright! I was even more excited when I was asked to be one the select people to greet her when she arrived. I learned that her charismatic personality was displayed through the her impressive collection of pins. Meeting Secretary Albright and assisting with this exhibit was something I will never forget. Read more about the exhibit here.
Uncovering the Story of FDR's Right-Hand Woman
In 2014, I was fortunate to get to know a fellow Roosevelt historian named Kathryn Smith. While interning at the FDR Library, I did some research for her book on FDR's longtime secretary and right-hand, Marguerite "Missy"LeHand. It was an amazing adventure that took me to Yale University's Sterling Library to dive into Ambassador William Bullitt's papers. In addition to the research, I also served as an editor for her manuscript. "The Gatekeeper" was published in September 2016, learn more about it!
LEARNING FROM LUCY
What I've Learned From The Queen of Comedy
Lucille Ball, the Queen of Comedy, has been a huge part of my life since I was 5. I have seen every single show and movie she ever appeared in - and some, more times than I can count! But studying her life, I came away with the image of a much more complicated figure than most imagine her to be. This article shines light on just what made her so unique, yet also so human.
PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP DURING CRISES
Examining Different Leadership Styles
This article was inspired by Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, Leadership: In Turbulent Times. I examine and summarize the crises Lincoln, TR, FDR, and LBJ all faced and the leadership styles they applied to meet those turbulent times. This is a topic of utmost importance to me, and more should be aware of the historical impact these presidents had on the U.S. The article was published in the Exploring History publication.
LEADING LIKE ELEANOR
A Personal Journey
I have one chief person to thank in my journey pursuing leadership studies and training: Eleanor Roosevelt. I wrote this article after I taught a workshop on ER's life to high school girls during the Girls' Leadership Worldwide Program. The feedback and love I received after teaching that was overwhelming! Eleanor Roosevelt will always be an inspiration. I hope you enjoy and learn to lead like Eleanor!
PAT NIXON: INDEFATIGABLE FIRST LADY
What You Didn't Know About This Underrated First Lady
While working at Nixon, I did a ton of research on her and spoke to some friends of hers and came to admire Pat Nixon's grace and strength so much. I wrote this article so people could come to respect her as much as I do.
She Was The Greatest
If you have ever seen The Honeymooners, you know that at the end of the show, Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) would say to his wife Alice, "Baby, You're the Greatest." After years of researching Audrey Meadows, I concluded that she was the greatest. Besides being a superb comedic and dramatic actress, she had one fascinating life outside of show-business! From her beginnings as a missionary's daughter in China to the wife of an airline CEO who designed the interiors of airplanes and traveled the world, Audrey Meadows did it all. I was hired to write a few ebooks for in60Learning, but this one is closest to my heart. Check it out here!
A Historian's Dream App
One of the freelance projects I undertook is creating historic sites for the app Clio. It is so much fun researching sites across the US, writing about them, and even narrating the entries! Some of my favorite entries: Continental Airlines General Office Building in LA, Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Top Cottage in Hyde Park, and Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay. Check out Clio here and download on your Android/iPhone!
PAT NIXON: A TRAILBLAZER
She Blazed A Path
Another Pat Nixon article! I did spent a lot of time in the archives researching her, and, she does not get enough credit. This article lists 10 of Pat Nixon's "firsts" as first lady - and that's only a few!
"PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION TRIVIA"
What You Didn't Know About Presidential Campaigns
In 2017, I connected with historian Mark Thorburn on LinkedIn and discovered we had many common interests. I was honored when he asked me to serve as an editor for his book "Presidential Election Trivia." This is a quick, fascinating reads revealing more than 50 facts about past presidential campaigns. Learn more about it here!
TRIPS TO DISCOVER
Oh The Places You'll Go
In 2019, I was hired as an Outreach Specialist for the digital travel magazine, Trips To Discover. As Outreach Specialist, I reached out and formed relationships with the hotels, restaurants, and sites featured in our articles. I also jumped at the opportunity to edit and fact-check articles before publication. To discover your next vacation, visit Trips To Discover.