Introduction: Emma Todd

Hi all! I’m Emma and I’m a first year Public History MA student. I’ve spent most of my life in Florida, but I’ve lived in New York City, Germany, Long Island, and now DC. Germany was by far my favorite place to live though, and I could talk about it for hours. I graduated from the New College of Florida in Sarasota where I double majored in History and German Studies. We don’t have grades at New College and honestly, I miss that a lot. History has always been my favorite subject and although I have no idea what I want to do with my life I have always hoped it would have something to do with history. At New College I wrote my thesis on Nazi historiography which was wildly fascinating, and I learned that I love historiography! I first encountered Public History as a field of study in my third year at New College and I knew it was the route I wanted to take in graduate school.

me and my little sister molly! I am on the right 🙂

The main reason I was drawn to public history is the emphasis on accessibility and inclusivity. I think history has a little something for everyone! I am so excited to develop my skills as an interpreter/translator of history in this program and help show people that history is really cool! In this class I am most excited to grow my tech knowledge and abilities. I am not tech savvy in the slightest and I constantly feel outsmarted by Gen Z kids. In all honesty even the Tik Tok interface confuses me a little bit. Technology is not going away, and I think it will be beneficial to have a better understanding of what I will have to work with in the future. Hopefully this class will help me learn a little about a lot of things so I can learn what I enjoy doing in the digital world!

I am interested in historiography, beer history, food history, German immigration, Jewish history, American Expats in Germany, the Weimar Republic, women’s history, and labor history! I would like to get my PhD in history, but I’d have to decide on a topic and I’m not very good at that. A little bit about me: I have a younger sister, Molly (pictured above) and we are the exact same and complete opposites! In my free time I really love to read, my goal for this year is 60 books! I also love to cook and bake and this year I am trying to eat more intentionally, locally, and seasonally. I sew and crochet as well and I have lots of projects I am excited about this year! I’m looking forward to getting to know you all this semester 🙂

2 Replies to “Introduction: Emma Todd”

  1. Hi Emma,
    I am doing my master thesis at the university of Luxemburg and I am searching for a GIS Map of all “Stolpersteine”. You told in a thread that a map already exist?!
    Can you please tell me where?!

    Kind regards
    Sarah

    1. Hi Sarah,

      There are a few maps that I found but no there is not a complete one, sorry for not being more specific in my post. There is a map for Berlin and there is a map for the Netherlands. Otherwise there aren’t any comprehensive maps that I have found. On the Stolpersteine website they mentioned having a comprehensive map in the works. In the FAQ it is under the “How can I find out if a STOLPERSTEIN has already been placed for a particular person” tab. The website said it would be up by 2020 but I haven’t found it. You could also try reaching out to them and see if they could send you what they have! Sorry I can’t be of more help. Ich wüsnsche dir viel Glück!
      Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
      Emma

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