Researching David Bowie’s Death in Brixton, UK – January 2019

The main focus of my Masters research is dead celebrities and how fans react to their death and in memorializing them create and shape the narrative of that celebrity‚Äôs legacy. One of the main celebrities I focus on is David Bowie, and specifically how people interact with him through his hometown of Brixton, a neighborhood … Continue reading Researching David Bowie’s Death in Brixton, UK – January 2019

‘Good Grief, Charlie Brown’ at Somerset House, London

In January 2019, I found myself in London on a research trip for my Masters thesis. On a day off from lurking around pilgrimage sites related to dead celebrities, I was able to visit London's iconic Somerset House for the first time with my friends Sarah, Danny, and Dave. The current Somerset House was constructed … Continue reading ‘Good Grief, Charlie Brown’ at Somerset House, London

240th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn at Green-Wood Cemetery

In late August 2016, Green-Wood Cemetery commemorated the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, fought in 1776 on the grounds. The all-day event was an exciting and informative time thanks to living history demonstrations. The event culminated in a parade along the route to Battle Hill, where the memorials are for the Revolutionary War … Continue reading 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn at Green-Wood Cemetery

Who Was Hamilton? at the New York Public Library

I visited the incredible New York Public Library (NYPL) in the summer of 2016 for their #WhoWasHamilton? exhibit, where I drooled over many primary documents and genuinely had a little cry over seeing the Farewell Address. For fun, I thought it'd be cute to pair up some familiar Broadway songs to their corresponding document. The … Continue reading Who Was Hamilton? at the New York Public Library

Following Theodore Roosevelt home to Sagamore Hill, NY

I am a complete and total Theodore Roosevelt fangirl. He is my favorite person from history, and - as you can imagine - his home is my favorite of all the 400+ National Park properties. Located in Oyster Bay, Long Island TR's gorgeous home, Sagamore Hill, is a National Historic Site. The items within the … Continue reading Following Theodore Roosevelt home to Sagamore Hill, NY

Celebrating the 4th of July at Ben Franklin’s London Home

Sixteen years before the Revolutionary War officially kicked off, Ben Franklin resided in London acting largely as a mediator between Britain and America. The house he stayed at, 36 Craven Street, is the only house that he lived in that is still standing today. While in England in the summer of 2016, I had the … Continue reading Celebrating the 4th of July at Ben Franklin’s London Home