I was raised in Churchville, NY, a small farming community on the outskirts of Rochester, NY. I'm the middle child of three, and was always interested in books and history My siblings like to tell stories of being forced to quiz me about First Lady facts or to listen to books on tape about the American Revolution.
After high school, I decided I wanted to be near Washington, DC in the hopes of one day working at a museum, so I enrolled at Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington), where I graduated with a double major in History and American Studies in December 2002. I began working at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in January 2003, first as an intern, and since September 2003 as a intake archivist and curator, working with families who have material that may be of interest to the Museum.
While working at the Museum, I finished my Masters degree in History at George Mason University and am currently a doctoral candidate, also at George Mason. I enjoy reading, cooking, trapeze, urban exploration, and the Washington Nationals.