Priscilla Mariani

Centre County Historical Society
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Priscilla Mariani

Major: History
Minor: Anthropology
Hometown: Curwensville, PA 

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I looked up the Historical Society myself after other internship prospects fell through. When I found it, I emailed the executive director of the Centre Furnace Mansion. I sent my information and resume and after a bit, she got back to me and set up my internship for credit through Professor Milligan in the Department of History.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

At the Mansion, my duties were to set up a small exhibition on Alice and Hilda Thompson. The exhibit was about their service in the Red Cross during World War II, it was also dedicated to the Central Pennsylvania Red Cross's Centennial. For my academic credentials, I had to write a research paper that was at minimum 20 pages in length also dedicated to the Thompson sisters and the Central PA Red Cross.

I learned more about putting together an exhibition and how to handle artifacts carefully. 

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, I further intensified my research and writing skills. I learned more about putting together an exhibition and how to handle artifacts carefully. Furthermore, I was invited back to intern at the Mansion for my dedicated work and skill.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

Part of the reason I searched out the Historical Society is that I want to work eventually in a museum-like setting and do intensive historical research. I had a lot of fun during my internship and it cemented my career goals even further.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes! Working with the women at the Historical Society was a wonderful experience. Everyone there is extremely flexible and encouraging of your academic goals and endeavors. There is a lot of teamwork and skill-building while working at the Mansion.


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