My name is Veronica Douglas, and I’m a rising junior at Smith College, where I’m a history major and archives concentrator. I’m looking forward to spending my summer working as a museum assistant at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum and living in Amherst.
I’m originally from North Carolina, and I’m excited to bring my experience as a docent at the Burwell School Historic Site to PPH. In addition to giving tours and assisting with our summer programming, I will be conducting independent research at the house. My academic interests include women’s history, labor history, and material culture and I look forward to exploring these subjects this summer.
My favorite room in the house is the south parlor, aka “The Long Room.” You can tell it used to be hopping back in the day, with the family hosting teas, game nights, and weddings. I especially love the toys in the closet because they reveal what life was like for the six generations of children here.
When I’m not at the museum, you can find me hiking, baking, and exploring the Pioneer Valley. I look forward to showing you all the museum has to offer.