Where Are They Now?

Patty Davis at her desk at the Ohio
Historical Society (State Archives of Ohio)

Patrice Davis
Former Senior Student Assistant "Number One"

Patrice Davis is a 2003 Northern Michigan University graduate (BS in History), and 2006 Western Washington University graduate (MA in History with an Archives and Records Management certificate). She has worked at many records repositories including Western Washington University’s record center, the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Weyerhaeuser corporate archives and records management departments, the Russell Investments corporate records department, and as a Government Records Archivist at the Ohio Historical Society. Patrice currently works as a Records Specialist for the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), a division of the Defense Logistics Agency. DESC is responsible for all fuels used by the military, as well as fuels used by other Federal Agencies. She serves as the records management subject expert for DESC, where she advises the Records Officer and others on issues (storage concerns, disposition, etc.) related to records management. She is also the Forms Manager, as well as the Vital Records Officer in the process of creating a Vital Records Program.  She is currently a Certified Archivist and plans on taking the Certified Records Manager exam in 2010.

How my work at the Northern Michigan University and Central Upper Peninsula Archives influenced me:

I was first introduced to the Northern Michigan University and Central Upper Peninsula Archives by an email I received during the first semester of my freshman year that was sent to all history majors advertising an introduction to archives class. I had never been to an archives, let alone used one, and was not even aware that there was one on campus. However, since I did not know what I wanted to do with a history degree, but I knew I didn’t want to teach, I decided to take the class. Through my work in the class, I was able to see the connection that the average person has to the past, and I learned that everyone contributes, even in a small way, to history. I enjoyed the class so much that the next year I got a job at the University Archives.

Starting my sophomore year, until I graduated, I worked in the archives as a student assistant. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to pursue a career as an archivist. I cannot begin to explain how beneficial the work that I did at the University Archives was to me. The experience I gained from my years at the University Archives is invaluable; I was able to gain knowledge in all the processes that make an archives function. This gave me a head start in all my future ventures. If not for my experience at the University Archives, it is unlikely that I would be doing what I am today.

 

Carol Dillenburg
"Twinkie"

Carol Dillenburg (Twinkie) is currently living in Duluth, Minnesota. She works at Harbor City Kennels in Duluth where she has the privilege of playing with cats and dogs all day long. She spends a lot of time as a volunteer at the Great Lakes Aquarium where she gets to feed otters by hand. She is also responsible for chopping up various seafood into tidbits to feed fish and other animals. Carol also volunteers at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth. She plans to attend grad school at some point in the near future. We are excited to hear about the wonderful things Carol goes on to do!

Carrie Fries

Carrie Fries lives and works in beautiful Marquette, MI. She graduated NMU with a BA in History and a minor in Public History. Currently, she is the director of the Marquette Maritime museum and lighthouse. Presently, a huge part of her job is working on restoring the Marquette Harbor Lighthouse.  She is also a member of the Michigan Archival Association, the McClintock-Darter/Dance Committee and is an advocate for the Gift of Life Michigan.

How my work at the Northern Michigan University and Central Upper Peninsula Archives influenced me:

 My first encounter with the NMU Archives was when I enrolled in an Archival Management course for my Public History minor. I had been in a few different archives before, but had no clue how to actually use it properly. To put it simply, that class changed my life. I was struggling to choose a major and was taking different classes to see where my interest lied. My world was open up to primary sources, critical thinking and writing, and archival management. I learned I could easily sit down with someone's most cherished papers and get lost in their story for hours. That was when I knew that I wanted to be a History major and work in the Public History field.

After the class, I was asked by Marcus to help him co-author an article for the Michigan Historical Review on the formation of a teacher's union at Northern. I did research, oral interviews and then wrote my part of the article. It was a thrill to see my name in a historical periodical! It was an experience I cherish to this day. I was hooked on the archives and took a regular job as a student research assistant.

I was very fortunate to land a job at the Marquette Maritime Museum the week after I graduated from NMU. This is my eighth year there and I am still learning. Even though I work at a museum, I still use all the same skills I acquired at the archives every day. I found my love for history at the NMU archives and I will forever be grateful to Marcus and the archives for that.

 

Brianna Hinrichen
"Bumble Bri"

Brianna Hinrichsen (Bumble Bri) is the most recent employee to leave our NMU Archives family. In the few months since her departure, she has been working at Bothwell Middle School here in Marquette. She teaches 8th grade social studies and American Geography. She also runs a homework club and a remedial program for the kids who are struggling with class. Bri spends most of the remaining free time in her day taking care of her son Noel. Despite her hectic schedule she still finds time to bake and occasionally enjoy a glass of red wine after her son goes to bed. She’s taking life one day at a time right now but is very optimistic about her future.

Robin Kennedy

Robin Kennedy graduated from Northern Michigan University with a BA in History and German and a Masters in English and has many years experience assisting researchers in local historical museums, at Northern Michigan University, and as a volunteer in Family History Centers. Mrs. Kennedy has been to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah and has taken classes in German research. She has served as a Project Archivist and the acting Archivist at NMU. Robin is the volunteer Director of the Iron Mountain/ Kingsford Family History Center in Dickinson County, Michigan. She is currently free-lancing as a Project Archivist.

Andrew Mallo in Honduras

Andrew Mallo
"Landru"

Andrew Mallo (Landru), a loyal past Archives employee, headed abroad after his time at NMU. He spent six months in Honduras teaching math, physics and archeology at a bi-lingual high school. After returning to the U.S he has moved to Macomb, Illinois where he currently lives and works for the Illinois State University as an Archeological Field Technician. This program is responsible for mitigating damage to both historic (pre 1840’s) and prehistoric archeological site by surveying and excavating any significant artifacts and removing them before they are demolished by road construction crews. He plans to go to graduate school either this coming year or the next. Other fun facts about Andrew since his departure from the Archives include his trip to the beautiful state of California to visit a friend and that he is working on (and succeeding at) growing a very large beard. We look forward to hearing about Andrew’s future accomplishments!

A.J. (Arthur) Mikus on the job as the manager of the NMU Starbucks

A.J. Mikus
"Arthur"

 

A.J. Mikus (“Arthur”) is a 2006 Northern Michigan University graduate (BS, History).  A.J. was a student intern during the summer of 2005.  While interning, A.J. created a web exhibit for the Archives.  The exhibit documents student protests on the campus of NMU during the late 1960s and early 1970s.  During the web site’s creation, A.J. helped digitize many of the Archives' photographs and articles on the subject.  A.J. is now married and has a 1 year old son.  His wife is currently expecting twin girls.  A.J. manages the Starbucks on campus and hopes to continue with his Masters degree once life slows down a little.  He enjoys the Upper Peninsula's wilderness and spending time with his family.  History continues to be a passion of A.J.'s, but he concedes that working in the history field , trying to stay in the area, supporting a family, and paying off student loans is a difficult endeavor.

How my work at the Northern Michigan University and Central Upper Peninsula Archives influenced me:

Like many, I was not aware what an archives really was before becoming involved with it academically.  I think many people bring in their own prejudices of what an archives should look like or how an archivist should look.  I think movies create a certain image for people, and I also think that many just lump the whole place in with the library.  If there is one thing that has been burned into my consciousness by Marcus Robyns, it is that archivists are so much cooler than librarians.

My first experience with the Archives was through Dr. Kendall’s HS 200 Historical Thinking and Writing course.  I learned an appreciation for the importance of archives and record keeping in general.  It even prompted me to keep a journal in the hope that someday it may shed insight into the world and local events that I am experiencing firsthand.

The Archives also taught me how to distinguish useful information from junk when I took Marcus Robyns’ AIS 300 Archival Management course.  These skills, as well as others, continue to apply to my personal correspondence and the business records I keep.   I hope someday to use methods learned during my time at NMU to progress into museum work and eventually into a classroom curriculum.

Maggie Newberry in Paris

Maggie Newberry
Former Senior Student Assistant "Number One"

Maggie Newberry (Number One) has had quite the international experience since leaving the NMU Archives. She is currently working as an English language assistant in Alecon, France. She works at two different middle schools where she helps students learn new English vocabulary. She assists the students in pronouncing words correctly and using them in the right context. She plans on staying in France for the next year and afterwards, starting something new. Other fun accomplishments Maggie has had since here time at the Archives includes running her first half-marathon in Chicago, which she plans on doing again this year. She has also successfully knitted her first cardigan! We can’t wait to hear about all of her exciting experiences to come!

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Miranda Revere
 

Miranda Revere started working at the archives in November 2004 as a Records Center Coordinator until she became a Senior Student Assistant in August 2005. Miranda graduated in December 2008 with a BS in Business Administration degree with minors in Mathematics and Sociology. Miranda then came back to the archives in August of 2010 as a Grant Assistant until October 2011. After leaving the archives she interned at the NMU Office of the Controller before graduating with a BS in Accounting in December of 2012. After graduating Miranda landed a job as a staff accountant at Vulcan, MI CCI System, Inc. in Iron Mountain, MI. Miranda lives with her wonderful partner Dan and two cats; Kit and Raina. She likes to partake in back road adventures and start her mornings off with a cup of tea and a little NPR.

Ryan Neuschwander with a Swan

Ryan Neuschwander
 

Ryan Neuschwander, a former NMU Archives employee, started his “after Archives life” with a paid internship at Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City where he learned how to care for birds. He worked briefly for a lab at the University of Utah caring for lab mice in the medicine department but quickly discovered that inside lab work was not his cup of tea. From there he moved to Miami, Florida where he currently lives and works Zoo Miami in the “Amazon and Beyond” bird department. His job includes caring for a variety of birds, reptiles, and small mammals. He is responsible for training, feeding, monitoring health, and medicating sick animals. He is also in charge of caring for the rare Harpey Eagle which has only been successfully bred in one other zoo. Record keeping of the animals’ behavioral and medical history is also a big part of the job and he says his time at the Archives gave him a leg up on learning this skill. Ryan is in the process of moving to Omaha, Nebraska to work at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo in the desert dome and kingdoms of the night exhibits where he will be caring for birds and small mammals.  We look forward to hearing about Ryan’s future adventures in the zoo world!

Dr. James Seelye
 

James E. Seelye, Jr., Ph.D., (Jim) graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2003 with a BS in history.  From there he travelled south to the University of Toledo, where he earned his MA (2006) and Ph.D. (2010) in history.  A student of Alfred A. Cave, his dissertation, “‘ Come into the Habits of Civilized Life:’ Nineteenth Century Catholic and Protestant Missionaries in Upper Michigan” put the missionary efforts of Bishop Frederic Baraga, Abel Bingham, and John H. Pitezel into a context of a dialogue between missionaries and Native Americans, where each group influenced the other.  Furthermore, it argues that missionaries were most successful as agents of acculturation in their efforts to assist Native Americans adapt to the onslaught of white settlers.

Dr. Seelye is currently under contract to complete several projects, including a three-volume primary source collection for Greenwood Press, Voices of American Indian History, with Steven Littleton.  Seelye has contributed nearly 100 entries for various reference publications, and his book reviews have appeared in several journals, including The Journal of Southern History.  He has lectured at Northern Michigan University, Michigan Technological University, Lourdes College, and Indiana University-Purdue University, and has presented scholarly papers at many conferences, including the Ohio Academy of History and the Missouri Valley History Conference.  His research has been funded by the University of Toledo College of Graduate Studies, Michigan Technological University, and the Ohio Humanities Council.  In addition, he was a recipient of the Grace H. Magnaghi Visiting Research Fellowship Grant.

Jim was offered and accepted a tenure-track position at Kent State University as a 19th Century specialist, and will begin his career there in August 2010.

How my work at the Northern Michigan University and Central Upper Peninsula Archives influenced me:

My experience at the archives started as an internship for a semester.  From there I spent over a year as a student assistant.  I worked on the Italian-American oral history project, and assisted in a reorganization of the vertical files.  I also spent time at the records center getting covered with ore dust as I moved the CCI materials around, which I am happy to see, are finally getting digitized in part.  The majority of my time, however, was spent working with patrons on their own research projects.

The main thing I came away from the archives with was an appreciation for the work archivists do in making collections accessible for researchers.  I quickly learned that when collections arrive at the archives, they are in an unbelievable state of disarray.  There is no sense of order, and it would take a researcher weeks to sort through the material.  All people, whether professional scholars or the general public, need to be thankful for the work archivists and their assistants do when they process a collection.  We need to take a moment and imagine how much more difficult our work would be without detailed finding aids and folders in chronological order.

Some of my colleagues consider me a somewhat “old-school” historian.  My work is not overly-theoretical.  I prefer immersing myself in primary sources, never ignoring something as too trivial.  From there, I try to present my findings and interpretations in a narrative format accessible to both my peers and to the public.  My time at the Northern Michigan University archives, and my work with Marcus, directly led me to where I am today.  The love of archival research and appreciation of the enormous value of primary sources was instrumental in my decision to go to graduate school.

Katelyn Weber at her desk as the assistant
research librarian for the Marquette
County History Museum.

Katelyn Weber
 

Katelyn Weber is a 2007 Northern Michigan University graduate (B.S in History).  She has worked for several museums in various capacities including exhibit development, research, accessions, archival management, and library services.  She has worked for varying institutions at the university, private, and state levels.  She is currently employed as the Assistant Research Librarian at the John M. Longyear Research Library at the Marquette County History Museum where her duties include archival/library collections management, genealogical research, and promotional program development.  She will soon be employed by the State of Michigan Division of History, Arts, and Libraries at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee as a museum assistant.

How my work at the Northern Michigan University and Central Upper Peninsula Archives influenced me:

I first learned of the Northern Michigan University and Central Upper Peninsula Archives when I was required to take an archival management course for my public history minor at NMU.   I knew NMU had an archive but had no idea the types of services they provided to both the student population and the community.  I later became employed by the archives as a researcher.  The skills I obtained in research, critical thinking, problem solving, and utilization of archival materials has proven invaluable to me in fulfilling the responsibilities of my current and future positions in the workplace.

Every day on the job I am confronted with a unique set of problems to solve and I must provide individuals with prompt, concise answers to his or her questions by understanding archival/library operations and resources.  My experience at the archives allowed me to familiarize myself with the wide-ranging issues that confront archivists and/or research librarians.  Without that experience I would certainly not be as well equipped to anticipate the individual needs of customers in order to respond quickly and accordingly.  I believe my position with the University Archives has provided me with skills that I need to stand out in my profession.

Jason Woolman at his desk as the Records
Management Assistant for the Musqueam
Indian Band in British Columbia, Canada

Jason Woolman
 

Jason is a 2006 graduate of Northern Michigan University (BA International Studies) and is currently working on his masters in Archival Studies, with a focus on First Nations records, at the University of British Columbia. He does consulting work on oral records and archives for St. Georges School and preservation and consulting work for the Vancouver Holocaust Education Center.  Currently, Jason is working as a Records Management Assistant for the Musqueam Indian Band. His duties include laying the foundation for Musqueam's records management and archival programs. He is also co-authoring a manuscript with Marcus Robyns on adapting an archival style documentation plan for managing NMU's records.

My time at NMU

My first introduction to an archives did not come until my senior year at NMU. I had known about archives but never visited one. Part of Dr. Defonso's Historical Thinking and Writing class was an assignment that necessitated use of the NMU archives. That is when I was first introduced to Marcus Robyns. Marcus explained a bit about archives and their function with great humor and from that moment I was hooked.

The next semester I signed up for the introduction to archiving class and was able to set up an internship in the archives at the same time. The class laid the foundation of archival theory from various points of view and the internship, as well as advice from Marcus, granted me first hand experience working in an archives and handling records. It was from this internship and working with Marcus that I decided that I wanted to be an archivist.

My time at the NMU archives allowed me to enter the Master of Archival Studies program at the University of British Columbia where the benefit of the skills and ideals I learned at the archives cannot overstated. The knowledge I gleaned from working with Marcus allowed me to not just make sense of but also to question the various theories and practices we were being taught and to synthesize them into something practical.

My time at NMU was also the start of collaboration that lasts to this day. I correspond regularly with Marcus and he has been a great help in offering professional advice. We are also currently co-authoring a paper adapting an archival style documentation plan for managing NMU's records. My time at NMU has been and continues to be a favorite and continually beneficial experience.