I'm a native of Perryville, Missouri, and a graduate of Saxony Lutheran High School in Jackson. I have been a lover of history since childhood, and discovered archives work as an undergraduate history major looking for an interesting career in historical work. My passion is promoting, encouraging, and helping others share and discover historical knowledge. Working as an archivist, I do this every day!
Before coming to Kent Library's Special Collections & Archives in 2014, I worked in a variety of archives in 3 different states: a presidential library run by the National Archives, a state government archives, 2 museums, and 3 different libraries at other universities. I also did my graduate school internship at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. My first experience in the field came from an undergraduate internship at the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum in Altenburg, Missouri, which preserves and interprets the history of many of my ancestors.
I love that my work enables me to preserve and promote the history of my native southeast Missouri, help everyone in the Southeast community and the broader region access and learn from the historical record, and introduce students to historical resources and research. Connecting people to history is what we do in the Archives!
Outside of work, my family owns & operates a pumpkin farm in Perryville, so I spend many weekends helping there year-round- but particularly in the fall when we're open to the public and welcome people from all over the region for a day at the farm. My parents and brother farm full-time in Perry County.