Hello there! My name is Ashley Palazzo and I am a current graduate student at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. I am nearing the end of the history masters program and I am working towards my Masters in World History. I enjoy studying the Spanish Empire during the colonial period, particularly the Andean Region. I have become well versed in world history topics through my studies as well as American history through my work in the public sphere. I have been working at George Mason’s Gunston Hall during my time in graduate school as a guest services representative and the collections management technician.
During my time with George Mason University, I have developed an interest for digital history work, specifically digital archiving work. I have learned how to use Omeka to create online archives and exhibits as well as become familiar with the site WordPress and creating blog posts. I am interested in furthering my skills in digital archiving, podcast production, and developing exhibits in the future. My subject interests vary with the current projects I am working on, at the moment I am enjoying learning about the history of the Appalachian Trail as I have been apart of The Green Tunnel Podcast team.
My goals for this course include learning some new skills like coding, how to make digital projects accessible to the appropriate audiences, and expand on my current knowledge of creating a digital space. I would love to learn how to make physical collections more accessible to the public. I wish to take the skills that I learn in this course and the DPH certificate program as a whole into archiving work and be able to work on projects to digitize collections.