|Mike and Lauren examine documents in the research room.|
Our current volunteer corps in Cultural Resources includes two teachers!
Lauren Canonico joined the Cultural Resources Division in October 2019. While she is raising two daughters and is on hiatus from the classroom she believes her volunteering is a perfect way to stay close to history and learn more about the behind the scenes workings of a museum. Lauren was a Social Studies teacher for the North Hunterdon - Voorhees Regional High School District for five years, during which time she taught U.S. History, economics, and geography.
|Lauren and Mike pull manuscripts in the stacks.|
Mike Collins spent most of his professional career in the corporate world, but in 2009 retired to complete his certification as a High School Social Studies teacher. After some long term assignments in Hunterdon County, including Voorhees High School where Mike and Lauren were colleagues. Mike came to Livingston High School in 2013 and retired after 5 years in June 2018. During that time he joined his U.S. History colleagues who brought students to MNHP. As he began his Chapter 3, becoming a volunteer with us in September 2018 was a great fit. In his first year here Mike was very active in expanding the number of teachers and supervisors who utilize our Museum and Library.
Working together, Lauren and Mike have identified a number of initiatives where they can work independently but also draw upon each other’s educational perspectives. Currently they are leveraging their relationships with Hunterdon County Schools to expand our on-site and remote use of Museum and Library assets, especially with the Lloyd W Smith Collection of artifacts and documents. Lauren is also taking the lead with creating a more streamlined teacher portal on the MNHP Website. Mike is looking to expand featured manuscripts accessible for middle school and high school teachers on our blogpost. He is currently researching a complete set of documents related to Shays Rebellion and its impact on the Constitutional Convention of 1787. They are also developing curatorial skills – Lauren with the scrapbook series of the Lloyd W Smith Collection and Mike with the extensive Cobb Family Collection.