Meet Our Summer 2019 Museum Assistants: Anna

My name is Anna Plummer and I am a Museum Assistant at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum this summer! I joined the team a little later after a semester studying in England. I am a rising senior at Amherst College, where I am a Theater & Dance and English double major, with a special interest in poetry and 19th-century literature in its historic context. 

As an Amherst native with several years of experience as a tour guide at the Emily Dickinson Museum, I am excited to engage with new and intersecting perspectives on life in the Pioneer Valley over the years. I am also interested in the literary connections of this influential Hadley family.

I will be giving tours for the public, assisting at our summer events including Wednesday Folk Traditions and Perfect Spot of Tea, and conducting independent research. 

It is difficult to choose one favorite room, but I find the attic a particularly special feature of the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum. While one of the more bare spaces and susceptible to the extremes of New England weather, it provides a unique opportunity to imagine the harsher lives of the servants, laborers, and slaves of the family that possibly lived there. It’s hidden high up and far back in the home and, curiously, also houses a meat smoker. 

When I am not at the museum I am likely singing or dancing in some form, enjoying the woods behind my home, or writing poetry. Stop by to explore and discuss this incredible local historic resource with me!

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