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About Me

My name is Samantha Howell and I currently serve as a Engagement Representative at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Prior to this position, I worked at American University’s Bender Library where I was a Library Specialist. During this time, I also coordinated the AU Oral History Project, interviewing past and present staff, faculty and administrators in an effort to collect an institutional history from personal perspectives. I still coordinate this ongoing project on a part-time basis.

In 2011, I completed my Masters of Arts in Public and European History. This blog initially began as a project requirement for the spring 2010 Digital History course taught by Jeremy Boggs. Since then, I have been using this site as an active blog and professional resource as well as an archive of my academic and professional work in the museum field.  You can access these musings and works through the pages and links located on this site.

I am currently residing in North Bethesda, MD but I am a Pennsylvania native. In 2009, I received a BA degree in History with minors in International Studies and Spanish from Shippensburg University. I owe many thanks to my undergraduate professors for their guidance and support.

Throughout my undergraduate career I was involved in numerous internships and activities with the History program at Shippensburg. I was an active member and the historian of Phi Alpha Theta, served a summer internship at the Shippensburg Historical Society, and was privileged to be able to complete an independent study under Dr. Mark Spicka. My independent study culminated in a research paper which examined the mechanisms of survival for women in Lodz Ghetto, Poland. This paper received a Paper of Distinction award in European History at the Spring 2009 Phi Alpha Theta conference at Millersville University.  My particular area of interest in history is in Holocaust and genocide studies.

During my time at American University as a graduate student I was able to take advantage of wonderful internship opportunities. In Fall semester 2009, Public History Seminar students, including myself, completed a service project with the National Law Enforcement Museum. In Spring 2010, a classmate and I served at Arlington House to complete a service project (in conjunction with Arlington National Cemetery) to develop interpretive wayside signs, more information is accessible here. Other internships included: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Exhibitions and Visitor Services& National Museum of American History in Collections.

If you are interested in accessing my digital history resource website click on: Women in Lodz