Museum Studies

Meet Our Alumni

2011 Graduate

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Peace received her B.A. in History from Excelsior College in Albany, NY in 2009. During her undergraduate internship at the Smith-McDowell House Museum in Asheville, NC, she fell in love with museum work. She was able to plan and lead educational opportunities at the museum, work with the collections, create temporary exhibits, and learn about membership, marketing, and volunteerism.

Peace chose the Museum Studies program at Western Illinois University because it offered more versatility and interdisciplinary opportunities than a Public History program. She found the curriculum to be very hands-on, and prepared her for all types of museum work. Peace would ideally like to begin her career as a historic interpreter at a small historic home or historic site. Eventually, she would like go to into museum administration.

She is open, however, to exploring other options in the museum world (including different types of museums).

Peace was married in July 2007 and gave birth to a son in January 2009. She enjoys reading, knitting, embroidering, and playing Dungeons & Dragons in her free time.

Today, Peace is teaching in Finland.