Hi there, I’m Dalton Alves and I am serving as one of the 2017 Summer Museum Assistants here at the PPH.
I am a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s history program. Much of my studies pertained to museum studies and American history/culture. I am especially interested in how the public interacts with historical sites. I believe it is beneficial for sites to encourage their visitors to think in a similar manner as a trained historian would—through the interpretation of primary and secondary sources. Doing so allows visitors to come away with deeper and more personal understandings of the past. I hope to provide visitors with such opportunities here at the PPH.
In the past, I have had the opportunity to work at historical organizations throughout the Pioneer Valley. Working here at PPH will provide me with an opportunity to utilize my pasts experiences in the day-to-day running of the Museum. In addition, my experiences here at PPH will be invaluable as I enter the field of public history.
Hope you stop in soon!