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Traveling Hands-on History Programs  
Homeschool Programming
Museum Activities
History Summer Camps
History Day Workshops
Field Trips in a classroom

Time Traveler Trunks will analyze and assist in developing interactive educational programming that will enhance visitation experiences by involving and inspiring audiences.

Programs will be developed using sound research and incorporating local experiences to make your programs unique. All presentations will follow Pennsylvania History Curriculum Standards.

Effective communication is a key element to a successful program. Time Traveler Trunks will train staff and volunteers to present in a storytelling format to engage and entertain audiences.

Material culture is a powerful teaching tool when skillfully presented. Time Traveler Trunks will help your organization to create a collection of objects to enhance your organization’s programming.



Education Curator, Cumberland County Historical Society
September 2002 to September 2009

  • Created and implemented historical programs that integrate local perspective with national historic events.
  • Developed successful programming using immersion and hands-on techniques.
  • Created and coordinated museum and walking tours.
  • Developed new revenue streams and partnerships with local school districts
  • Program revenue increased from $9,600 in 2002 to more than $38,500 in 2009.
  • Utilization of education programming increased from 193 hours in 2002 to 845 hours in 2009.
  • Developed and coordinated profitable summer camps from 2002-2009.
  • Camp enrollment increased from 35 students in 2002 to 175 students in 2009.
  • Coordinated and developed a profitable homeschool program series 2006-2010.
  • Increased facility membership revenue.

Adjunct Faculty-Harrisburg Area Community College
         U.S. History 1865 to the Present
         Winter Semester 2005

Adjunct Faculty-University of St. Francis at Holy Spirit Hospital Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
         U.S. History 1865 to the Present
         Winter Semester 2004
         Western Civilization French Revolution to the Present
         Fall Semester 2001

Pennsylvania Substitute Teacher
         March 2000-June 2001


  • Committee Member for Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission Historic Marker Panel, 2009 and 2010.
  • Chairperson for Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission Local History Grant Committee, 2007 and 2008.


  • Collaboration with Dickinson College creating programming on Dr. Benjamin Rush for grades 3-12, January 2010.
  • Collaborative educational programming with the Army Heritage Education Center and Dickinson College’s Trout Gallery, 2002-2009.
  • Consultant on education programs for the Mechanicsburg Museum Association, the Hans Herr House, Berks County Historical Society, Lansdale Historical Society, Elizabethtown Historical Society, Adams County Historical Society, Jacobsburg Historical Society, and the Cumberland Historical Society in New Jersey, Hanover Historical Society, and the East Pennsboro Historical Society.
  • Served on Interpretive Planning Committee-Landis Valley Farm Museum, 2006.
  • Consultant on collaborative education workshop series in tandem with the PBS television drama, “The War That Made America,” 2006.
  • Facility Coordinator for the Teaching American History Grant, partnership, 2002-2005.
  • Coordinator for the Cumberland County Historical Society Virtual Museum Tour. This tour received the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations Executive Directors Award, 2005
  • Coordinator for education conference on the Civil War featuring Pulitzer Prize winning author Jay Winik, author of “April 1864,” 2004.
  • Coordinator for teacher conference on the French and Indian War, 2004. Speakers included Fort Ligonier Director Martin West.
  • Recognition from the National Council for History Education for outstanding contributions toward the promotion of history in school and society, 2004.


  • Dickinson College, History Department
  • International Fellows Wives, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
  • Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau and the Pennsylvania Quest for Freedom Organization
  • Retired Teachers Association
  • Shippensburg University, US Women’s History
  • Pennsylvania State University Graduate Students
  • Newcomers Club
  • East Pennsboro Historical Society
  • Leadership Cumberland
  • Mechanicsburg Museum Association
  • Hanover Historical Society
  • Lansdale Historical Society, Lansdale, Pennsylvania
  • Newville Historical Society
  • Nansan University
  • Battle of the Bulge Survivors Group
  • Shippensburg Historical Society
  • St. John’s Masonic Lodge
  • Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission Leadership Forums
  • Historic Carlisle
  • Pennsylvania Underground Railroad Colloquium, Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Bosler Public Library, Carlisle, PA
  • Simpson Public Library, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • New Cumberland Public Library
  • Pennsylvania Educational Alliance for Citizenship, French and Indian War Commemoration, Carlisle, PA
  • Governor’s Institute for Exceptional Educators Conference at the Heinz Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Johns Hopkins University Program for Talented High School Students, Dickinson College
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education, Teaching American History Project
  • Mid-Atlantic American Studies Association, Johnstown and Valley Forge, PA
  • International American Studies Association, Detroit, Michigan
  • Popular Culture Association and American Culture Associations, New Orleans, Louisiana

       M.A. Pennsylvania State University, American Studies, 2001
       B.A. Pennsylvania State University, American Studies, 1998

         Joel Sater Graduate Studies Award, creativity and achievement in American Studies.
         Phi Kappa Phi, top 10% of all Penn State Graduates, 1999.
         Alpha Sigma Lambda, top 10% of adult Penn State students, 1997.




Effective educational programming increases revenue and raises organizational visibility.