Hello to my fellow historians and blogging pals! My name is Shae Corey and I am a first year student in the Public History MA program at American University. I recently graduated in May of 2020 (yes, I walked across my back porch to receive a fake diploma) with a bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education. In undergrad, I completed grant-funded oral history work and digital history work, and had the time of my life doing it. I was able to create a digital archive for an historically African-American neighborhood in Birmingham, Alabama that has been plagued by recurrent issues of gentrification and has campaigned for historical recognition as a once-segregated neighborhood (https://rosedalememoryproject.omeka.net/). Go ahead and check it out!
My main historical interests include community history, African American history, cultural history and oral history. I am excited to learn how to best utilize digital tools to convey history across a variety of platforms. In the modern era (especially the COVID era), it is essential for historians to understand and use digital spaces to create spaces for conversation, engagement, and learning.
I am excited to learn new things and expand my skill set in this class. It’s a perfect time to embrace the digital, and I’m personally pumped to see what we can all accomplish this semester.
Before I go, I’ll leave you with a few things about me that aren’t academic. The absolute love of my life is my dog, Cooper, seen below as a puppy. He lives in Florida where he can always run around outside. I currently live in Washington DC with my Museum Studies roommate who attends GW. We watch a lot of true crime series and 80s movies. I was raised by a stay at home dad while my mom worked as a midwife for the Navy. I’m a bit of a klutz and sprained my ankle just walking a few days ago (it was a very public tumble outside of the grocery store, I was mildly embarrassed). I love my program and this city, and I’m looking forward to the rest of my time at AU.
If you have any questions for me, always feel free to ask. I am a very open book. Looking forward to getting to know you all!