Introducing Kaylee

Hello!

My name is Kaylee Redard and I am a first year Public History Masters student.  I am from Reading, Massachusetts, my favorite color is blue and I have a cat named Rogue.  I went to Franklin Pierce University for my undergrad, graduating with a Major in European History, double Minors in Public History and English, and a Women in Leadership Certificate.  Before finding the Public History world I wanted to be a teacher so I started in Education, but soon realized the classroom was not where I was meant to be.  I still love to teach, but I found education in museums is where I feel most at home.  I enjoy the freedom of informal learning that Public History provides visitors, young and old.

My internships at the Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site and at Susan B. Anthony’s Birthplace Museum gave me some experience with visitor education programs.  At the Longfellow House I helped with the Junior Ranger program and at Susan B. Anthony’s I created some educational interactive sheets for visitors to use while they visited the house.  It was at the Susan B. Anthony Museum that I first dabbled in digital history.  The museum is very involved with the community and its history and I was instructed to find historic places, describe them and geo-locate them for an app they wanted to create.  Laying the groundwork for this project was very exciting and different from other forms of education I had previously done.  Through this app visitors could go beyond Susan’s home to the world around her.

Now I am the Digital Intern at the National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon and also a Visitor Services Associate at the new National Law Enforcement Museum.  Both sites use digital methods to spread knowledge and interact with their visitors.  Digital history is a great way to connect with visitors; especially in the technological world we live in today and I look forward to learning all I can. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.