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At LEAP, nearly 300 Mount Holyoke students present about their internships and research experiences. You will hear from future policy makers, activists, entrepeneurs, data scientists, teachers, researchers, and market analysts. Most will tell stories of unmitigated success and transformative learning. Others will share details of unexpected challenges they faced, and how they were required to shift and adapt in response. Students worked in 42 countries in every imaginable field. They will discuss important issues of social justice, relate how they met challenges of communication and expression in new contexts, and talk about how to find and succeed in summer internships.

LEAP is designed to give students who aspire to undertake internships and summer research the opportunity to learn from their peers. It is also for the whole Mount Holyoke community where family, friends, faculty, staff and our alumnae come together to celebrate the work and contributions of the presenters.

We are hugely impressed by students in College 211 and inspired by their individual success and collective learning. Their work in bringing the LEAP Symposium to fruition was exceptional. We thank the faculty, staff, alumnae, donors, and internship and research providers whose contributions have make this event possible.

LEAP presenters: Congratulations.
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Friday, October 20 • 3:45pm - 4:40pm
Historiography of Material Culture at Mount Holyoke College

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While working on campus over the summer, we utilized the connected resources of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, and Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, in partnership with Mount Holyoke’s Antique Clothing Collection, to gain insight into the histories of these entities as well as the students, faculty, and staff who came before us. We will discuss everything from athletic uniforms to European currency, Japanese art, and Native American clothing. The disparate objects with which we worked revealed interconnected histories of different generations within the Mount Holyoke community, as well as connections outside the college. Building off of coursework that focused on the evolution of preservation, conservation, and exhibition, we gained insight into the progress of museology and archival work at Mount Holyoke College.


Christine DeLucia

Assistant Professor of History

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James Collings

Why Coins Give Me Nightmares, History Major and Nexus in Public History, Museums, Archives
I was given the opportunity to intern at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum this summer and largely worked with the ethnographic collections. My main project was looking at part of the coin collection, which is largely made of Greco-Roman coins and updating records for coins that... Read More →
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Cassie Peltier

From Data Entry to Display Cases: an Introduction to the World of Collection Management and Curation in Museums, History Major and Nexus in Public History, Museums, and Archives
Are the skills learned through history coursework really applicable in professional settings? Can research projects really lead to internships? Yes! As a Curatorial and Collections Intern at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum I worked closely... Read More →
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Emily Tarantini

When Time Takes Up Space: Collections Management in a Museum, Anthropology Major
It has been said that museums are places where time is transformed into space. What happens when a museum has seen a lot of time, but has little (storage) space? This summer, I spent my time working at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum as a collections management intern. Under... Read More →
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Lillian Williams

From Ball Gowns to Basketball: A Study of Antique Athletic Wear, Theatre Major
Imagine trying to move in a corset. It restricts your range of motion, forces your posture and even limits your ability to breathe. While these issues may seem archaic to the modern woman, it was not all that long ago that they were a reality for Mount Holyoke women. This summer... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 3:45pm - 4:40pm EDT
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