Meghan Hayward is a graduate student in Eastern Michigan University’s Historic Preservation program. Her main focus is in heritage interpretation, and museum studies. Originally from Allen Park, Michigan, Meghan received her undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University in Tourism and Event Planning in August of 2010. Meghan is expected to graduate from Eastern Michigan University in May of 2014. She hopes to find a job working in a museum.
Kimberly Long is a Graduate Assistant in the Historic Preservation Program at Eastern Michigan University. In 2010 she graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History of Art and certificate in Museum Studies. She has held several internships at historical sites, museums, galleries, and art centers within Michigan including Mackinac State Historic Parks, Lansing Art Gallery, and Ann Arbor Art Center. Her interests include provenance research, the study of material culture and working with locally based art centers.
Melanie has a Bachelor’s degree in History and American Studies, and is focusing her graduate work on Museums and Heritage Interpretation. She is a graduate assistant in the archives at the Ypsilanti Historical Society, and also works at The Henry Ford Museum and the Automotive Hall of Fame. Melanie is expected to graduate in December of 2014, with the goal of becoming a curator.
Elizabeth Searls is a graduate student in Eastern Michigan University’s Historic Preservation program. Her main focus is in heritage interpretation, and museum studies. Originally from Zeeland, Michigan, Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree from Albion College in Vocal Music and Organizational Communications in May of 2010. Elizabeth currently works in the University Archives at Eastern Michigan University, as a graduate student worker. She is also on the Board of Directors of Saline Area Historical Society, and serves as their Public Relations Chair. Elizabeth is expected to graduate from Eastern Michigan University in December of 2013. She hopes to find a job working in a museum or in an archive.
Matt Siegfried is in the graduate program in Historic Preservation at Eastern Michigan University. His undergraduate degree, also from EMU, is in History. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio he has lived in Ypsilanti since 2002. Much of his focus of study has been on the history of the Ypsilanti area’s nineteenth century African American community.
Amanda Wetzel is a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University in the Historic Preservation program. Amanda is completing her second year in the program with a focus in museum work and heritage interpretation. Amanda received her bachelors degree at Eastern Michigan University as well with a double major in History and Journalism with a minor in literature. It is Amanda’s hope to work in a museum or historic site with a focus in education and outreach.