Annie Muirhead, at the top of Cerro San Christobel in Santiago, Chile, en route to the Falkland Islands
In the summer of 2012, current M.A. student Annie Muirhead interned at the Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust, working to catalog, transcribe, and expand the Oral History Collection. Remarkably, she was the first historian outside of the Falklands to access the recordings. In addition to her oral history work, Annie helped develop a related exhibit for the museum, entitled “Falklands 30: The War, the People” and participated in cultural fetes including festivities honoring Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War. Her practical experiences in the Falklands connected to her scholarly interests in history and memory.
“I started NMSU’s Public History Program in Fall of 2011, attracted by the thematic track emphasizing ‘Myth, Memory, and History.’ I grew up outside Washington D.C., but my parents made sure to drag me to historic sites and museums around the world, instilling me early on with a passion for history. I began exploring memory studies during my undergraduate work at the College of William & Mary, where I received my B.A. in Russian/Post-Soviet Studies and Medieval/Renaissance Studies. After a short career in professional theatre, I’m excited to combine my interest in memory and lifelong love of storytelling to help the public connect with the past.”
Read more from Annie in her blog, Big History on a Small Stage.