Written by Sarah Calise, graduate assistant
The first week of the 2015-2016 academic school year has nearly come to a close, but before it does the Albert Gore Research Center would like to introduce you to our two new graduate assistants and refresh your memory of the two still kickin’ it from last year.
First to step up to the plate is Bradley Harjehausen, who hails all the way from the west coast in Yucaipa, California. He graduated from the University of Redlands in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He will be earning his master’s in public history, and he is thinking of concentrating in archives with a dash of museum studies experience. Bradley’s favorite historical film is The Conspirator, released in 2010. If he joined Bill & Ted on their excellent adventure in their time machine, then he would kidnap Abraham Lincoln for his history class presentation.
Our other AGRC newbie is Alex Medford, who is originally from Waynesville, North Carolina. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 2014, and wants to concentrate on archives for her master’s in public history. Her favorite historical film is the civil war drama Cold Mountain, released in 2003. While trekking through space and time with Bill & Ted, Alex said she would give it her best shot to kidnap the exuberant cowboy-turned-president Teddy Roosevelt.
And now for some familiar faces from Florida. Those two troublesome Gator girls, Casey Gymrek and Sarah Calise. Casey originally grew up in Cape Coral, although her heart belongs to Boston. She received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and history from the swampland known as the University of Florida in 2014. She absolutely loves Benjamin Franklin, specifically because he was a strong supporter of the turkey being our national bird. One thing to remember about Casey is her irrevocable (and weird) love for turkeys. Also, if the Comedy Central show Drunk History ever made a stop on Broadway in Nashville, Casey would love to share the story of the whaleship Essex, which inspired the famous novel Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. Casey studies a little bit of everything in the public history program, but completed a museum internship this summer at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. She plans to continue interning there this academic year.
Last but not least, Sarah Calise was born near Tampa but raised with the alligators in Gainesville. In 2013, she graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in history. Her favorite vacation spot–warm or cold–is Chicago, and she loves to research the city’s gritty, intricate history. Her research interests also include sports, especially baseball and hockey. She hopes her future career can combine her love of public history with sports. Sarah also likes to dabble in everything from archives and museums to historic preservation. She completed her dream internship this summer in the curatorial department at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. She also traveled to Boston this past July, toured the Freedom Trail, and purchased the greatest souvenir ever at Faneuil Hall–a finger puppet Frederick Douglass who doubles as a magnet and is proudly stuck to her fridge.
That concludes this introductory blog, but check out the Albert Gore Research Center’s regular staff page and, please, come visit us in Todd Hall for all of your research needs. We are here to help you!