Outstanding Alumni

Erin Cole, History '21

Erin Cole, History '21

I did not originally come to GVSU intending to major in history. I knew I enjoyed my history classes and had a meeting with Dr. Coolidge who connected me with Dr. Gautreau and classes in public history. In these classes I participated in projects with preserving a 1930s mugshot book and creating a plaque for a historic building in Lowell.

I acted as Editor-in-chief for the Grand Valley Journal of History and landed a part-time internship at the Grand Rapids City Archives. These experiences shaped what I wanted to do in history and I am currently planning to go on for a Master’s degree.

In Fall, 2021 I began my Master’s program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where I am pursuing my Master’s in public history with a certificate in museum studies. I hope to have a career in museums in order to make history fun and accessible to everyone.

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