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.

Contact the Program Director

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


Upcoming Events

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  • Old House, New Discoveries Event
    April 24th at 5:30 p.m. Come peek into the rarely seen service spaces in The Woodlands mansion and learn about the ordinary people who worked beneath the stairs. Graduate students from the Department of History at Villanova University will share new research on the Woodlands mansion.

  • On Friday, April 4, Villanova University will host its 25th annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference. The conference highlights research from a variety of disciplines, all connected by a focus on gender/women. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Click on the link below for further information: http://www.vuhistoricallyspeaking.blogspot.com/
  • Dr. Chris Haas has published the essay "Geopolitics and Georgian Identity in Late Antiquity: the Dangerous World of Vakhtang Gorgasali" in Georgian Christian Thought and Its Cultural Context: Memorial Volume for the 125th Anniversary of Shalva Nutsubidze (1888-1969), edited by Tamar Nutsubidze, Cornelia B. Horn, and Basil Lourié (Leiden: Brill Publications, 2014), pp, 29-44. 
  • Professor Bernard Reilly’s review of Miriam Shadis, Berenguela of Castile (1180-1246) and Political Women in the High Middle Ages (2009) has been published in Speculum 88 (2013), 338-339.
  • In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the National Constitution Center presents a conversation with scholars Ted Widmer, Sean Wilentz, Judith Giesberg, and Adam Goodheart of the popular New York Times "Disunion" blog on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.  ...read more
  • Lynne Ann Hartnett, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of Russian area studies, was interviewed on CBS Channel 3 News regarding the situation in Chechnya as part of the media reaction to the Boston Marathon bombings.