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Hannah Friend

Major: History, minors in theater and women’s and gender studies

Clark Days: Throughout college, Hannah has been working in museums, learning the ins and outs of displaying history for the public. Since graduating from high school, she’s worked at Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord — a considerable, but worthwhile, commute from her hometown of Holden, Massachusetts. This year, Hannah helped research and install an exhibit currently on display at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The experience was part of Clark’s Public History course; students chose historic chairs from the museum’s collection to study. Hannah selected a shoemaker’s bench, vastly different from the domestic items she’s handled at the Orchard House.

Post-Commencement Plans: Hannah will be a curatorial intern at Old Sturbridge Village this summer, documenting artifacts and working in the research library. In the fall, she will return to Clark to complete a master’s in history.

Observation: “I really love finding people in history, exploring their stories, and then telling those stories in impactful ways so people in the present can find inspiration from them or learn from them.”

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