Kristen DeHaan - GV History Grad is the New Director of Programs & Outreach at North Berrien Historical Museum
Kristen DeHaan has joined the staff of the North Berrien Historical Museum as director of programs and outreach. DeHaan graduated from Grand Valley State University with honors, receiving bachelor’s degrees in History and Spanish in 2013. After college, she spent two years teaching English in Spain. The North Berrien museum job was perfect for DeHaan, as it allows her to use her history degree.“This area has a very interesting history and such welcoming people,” she said. “I’m enjoying the area. All of the people I’ve met have been very welcoming.”
Hillery York returned to GVSU October 22-23, 2015 as a Distinguished Alumna-In-Residence. Hillery graduated from GVSU with a B.A. in History and a minor in Archeology in 2012. She went on to earn her MA in Museum Studies from George Washington University in Washington D.C. Hillery is currently the Collections Manager of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
See Hillery discuss her role in a Smithsonian digitization project.
Becoming a history major at Grand Valley State University was the best decision I made for my undergraduate education. The years I spent working closely with the department’s highly knowledgeable and accessible faculty have made my future more promising, my worldview more nuanced, and my bookshelf more crowded! I wouldn’t trade those years for anything. Liberal education is a personally transformative experience in so many ways, and the history major is a perfect opportunity for rising to the challenge of becoming a serious thinker, a productive worker, a capable leader, and an active community member.
In other words, my experiences as a history major empowered me to cultivate a wide variety of skills. These skills include not just the ability to carry out extensive research and writing, but also a comfort with public speaking and networking, technology, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and so much else. The history major has provided me with an intellectual self-confidence that will benefit me in professional and personal contexts for the rest of my life.
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