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June 17, 2018 : History Graduate Continues Studies in London, England

by Sarah Shy


Alyssa Green, an Ohio University Lancaster History graduate will travel to London, England to continue her graduate education. Green is currently working as a K-12 tutor and at the Columbus Metropolitan Library in the Local History and Genealogy Department which she said is active in historical conservation and digitization. This was the main motivation for her pursuit of a graduate degree.


“You definitely have to enjoy getting your hands dirty with historical conservation. I was first inspired during my senior internship with the Fairfield Heritage Association here in Lancaster. I spent days combing through their archives and reorganizing the attic space. Somehow the cobwebs, rusty staples and musty smells won me over.” Green said.


After graduation, she was hired by the Columbus Metropolitan Library. While she still did much of the same type of work as with the Fairfield Heritage Association, the atmosphere was different.


“My surroundings may be a bit less dusty, but the work is much the same. I get to use some really techy machinery and software while digitizing photographs ranging from the early 1900s to the 1970s, and I get to talk with historical researchers. Also, I have continued on with the Fairfield Heritage Association and enjoy some long afternoons working on their archives. Their internship can open a door to future junior and seniors at OUL.”


Green was accepted into the prestigious University College London and will be working towards her MA in Principles of Conservation which is an overview of the theories and foundations of historical conservation, and is geared towards individuals hoping to work in museums or special libraries. She said she will be learning how to save artifacts and archival material.


“The program itself is one of the best in the world. I will be studying under the UCL Institute of Archaeology, an eighty-year-old institution with a global reputation. I will have access to some of the most high-tech conservation equipment in the world across several on site laboratories. UCL has a vast historical collection and is on the front lines of innovation.” Green said.


When asked about her time at Ohio University Lancaster, the Fairfield Christian High School alum had this to say.

“OUL is for people who not only want to receive a quality education for much less, but also appreciate a small campus. I have gained lasting mentors in my professors and created a strong foundation for my career.”


Green’s dream is to be a curator for a small, local museum. She wants to be an archivist and her goal is to protect history in hopes of educating future generations and inspire others. “I want to show the world how cool history can be and am definitely not afraid to do the icky work.”


Immediately after graduation she will be returning to the Columbus area and seeking employment in the historical community. She also plans to pursue a doctorate in historical preservation. “Why not go all the way? We need more women with doctorates as masters in their fields.” Green said.


Green said she was a serious anglophile and loves the deep history of Europe, especially that which is associated with the British royals and customs. While in Europe, she plans on doing some adventuring. A train ride to Paris, a trip to see the White Cliffs of Dover and to stop at all the tea shops in London.


“Graduate school is certainly an investment, but one that I believe is worthwhile in the future, especially in the historical field. On my campaign page you can read much more in depth about my upcoming adventure.” Green said. To help finance her graduate education, Green has a GoFundMe campaign which you can find here.


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