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2021 Taylor Elyea

The Garden Club of America Scholarship in Garden History and Design at the Archives of American Gardens
School: Master’s student, Art and Museum Studies, Georgetown University

Aspiring Collections Manager

Elyea is pursuing a career in museum-collections management. In the summer of 2021, working at the Archives of American Gardens (AAG) at the Smithsonian Institution, she will catalog photographic materials in the AAG collection, as well as new submissions to The Garden Club of America collection. Elyea also will be engaging in the digital asset management of newly digitized materials. Using her experience in the museum field, she will prepare these archival collections for research access and develop a range of outreach materials to be used by the public.

 


2020 Alanna Natanson

The Garden Club of America Scholarship in Garden History and Design at the Archives of American Gardens

Alanna Natanson

Alanna Natanson is a master’s student in public history at North Carolina State University. She is interested 
in the role that digital archives can play in engaging the public with historical and scientific questions. Working at the Archives of American Gardens (AAG) at the Smithsonian Institution, Natanson plans to add and update online catalog records for Garden Club of America photographs, contribute to cross-organizational collaborations in anticipation of the bicentennial of Frederick Law Olmsted’s birth, promote the AAG online, and survey and rehouse the archive’s Boris Timchenko collection. Boris Timchenko (1898-1975) was a landscape architect noted
 for designing the grounds of the Watergate complex in Washington, DC.



2019 Haley Steinhilber

The Garden Club of America Scholarship in Garden History and Design at the Archives of American Gardens

Haley Steinhilber is a master’s student in the Public History Program at American University. She is interested in the intersection between public history and archives and the role digitization plays in accessibility. This summer at the Archives of American Gardens, Steinhilber will assist with cataloguing materials, developing educational content, and digitizing records.



2018 Katharyn Gove

The Garden Club of America Scholarship in Garden History and Design at the Archives of American Gardens

Katharyn Gove is a master’s student in the Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas, where she is focusing on access, inclusion, and representation within collections. Her interest in horticulture, research, and public education through digitally accessible collections aligns with her goals as an intern at the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Gardens (AAG). She will work on processing and digitizing archival materials as well as promoting AAG on social media, with the hope of reaching a broad audience.



2017 Laura Elizabeth Bell

The Garden Club of America Scholarship in Garden History and Design at the Archives of American Gardens

Laura Elizabeth Bell is a master’s student in Archives and Records Management Specialization for the Master of Library Science Program at Indiana University Bloomington. Her interest in archives and digital preservation aligns well with her goals for the internship at the Smithsonian Institute Archives of American Gardens (AAG). As an intern in garden history and design, she will help increase accessibility of the AAG materials by processing archival collections and digitizing items, creating online search aids, cataloging, applying metadata to digital assets, and promoting collection materials on social media.



2016 Rachel Jacobson

The Garden Club of America Scholarship in Garden History and Design at the Archives of American Gardens

Rachel Jacobson is a master’s student in the College of Humanities and Social Science program specializing in Public History at North Carolina State University. She has experience in cataloging records, processing collections, and digitizing images. As an intern for The Archives of American Gardens (AAG), her skills align perfectly with the collections management duties at AAG including cataloging and digitizing images from new acquisitions to the GCA Collection.



2016 Mark Ahrens

The Garden Club of America Scholarship in Garden History and Design at the Archives of American Gardens

Mark Ahrens is a master’s student of Library and Information Science at State University of New York in Buffalo.  He is specializing in School Librarianship and Archives Studies. As an intern for The Archives of American Gardens (AAG), he will assist with promoting and increasing access to the AAG’s materials by helping to develop finding aids, digitizing documents, and assisting with social media initiatives. His undergraduate degree in writing will be helpful for AAG’s social media and outreach efforts. 



2015 Kathryn Schroeder

The Garden Club of America Scholarship in Garden History and Design at the Archives of American Gardens

Kathryn Schroeder is nearing completion for a Master of Library Science degree with a specialization in Digital Content Management and a Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her past experience and skill set will align perfectly with the collections management duties at the Archives of American Gardens (AAG) including cataloging and digitizing images of new acquisitions to the GCA Collection.



2014 Jessica Lynn Brode

The Garden Club of America Scholarship in Garden History and Design at the Archives of American Gardens
Jessica Lynn Brode is a student at George Washington University pursuing a Masters degree in Museum Studies with an emphasis on collections management. Her focus will be on databses and digitization of collections. 


2014 Catherine Grace Bell

The Garden Club of America Scholarship in Garden History and Design at the Archives of American Gardens
Catherine Grace Bell is pursuing a Master of Science in Information Studies at the University of Texas-Austin. Her research will help teachers and students see the relevance of archives and allow them to be more successful in their work. 


 

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