I’m Hannah, and this blog is a component of a public history new media class I’m taking at Loyola University Chicago. Throughout this semester, we’ll be exposed to cultural institutions in Chicago and provided with hands-on experience with various media. I hope to finish the semester with a better understanding of the implications of old and new media alike, as well as the professional skills necessary to successfully operate within a museum, archive, or library. This blog will document the wide range of topics and readings we delve into throughout the course.
I’m a graduate student in a dual-degree Masters program: the Public History MA program at Loyola University Chicago, and the MLIS program at Dominican University in neighboring River Forest. I have experience working within museums and libraries. I very much enjoy historical consultation work as well- I worked with the Joliet Rotary Club from 2011-2013 to create an exhibit to celebrate their 100th anniversary. It was the most enjoyable (and challenging) project I’ve worked on thus far, and I’m hoping to explore this interest more formally in the near future.
Other things I’m fond of include Chicago history, multi-day music festivals, other people’s dogs, resale shops, trivia competitions, earthy color palettes, Chipotle, and sleeping past 9am.