Where Are They Now - Theresa Altieri


Theresa Altieri

After I graduated from he University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Anthropology and Classical Studies, I had no idea what I wanted to do for a living.  I spent the next year volunteering at historic sites throughout Philadelphia, including Pennsbury Manor, when I discovered that my true passion was history.  I started to research public history programs in the Philadelphia area, and I was so impressed with what Villanova had to offer.  I loved the variety of classes that I could take and that all of Villanova’s classes were at night, allowing me to volunteer at a historic site or archive during the day.  While at Villanova, I worked as a graduate assistant for Dr. Paul Rosier, researching topics related to Native American citizenship.  I collaborated with other students and Dr. Judith Giesberg on “Memorable Days:  The Emilie Davis Diaries” website.  Classes such as Intro to Public HistoryPublic History Practicum, and Graduate Internship in Public History, prepared me to effectively engage and communicate with the public about the importance of history.  I gained experience as an intern working with collections owned by the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia and researching and creating a tour on the growth and change of the neighborhood around Eastern State Penitentiary.  Today I am the Archivist of the Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia.  I manage all of the archival, manuscript, and object collections owned and under the stewardship of the ALF.  I am also responsible for the operation of the research component of the Sir John Templeton Heritage Center and assist visitors who are researching in the collections.   The education and practical experience I had as a student at Villanova allow me to properly care for the collections of the ALF and make them accessible to the public in a variety of interesting and innovative ways.

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Judith Giesberg, Ph.D.
(610) 519-4668

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