BS in History, SUNY Oneonta (2010); MA in History, Binghamton University (2012); PhD in U.S. History, Binghamton University (2016)
What was your professional background before your current position?
Prior to my current position, I served as the Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Women's History at the Museum of the American Revolution (2018-2020) and the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York (2016-2018). I curated multiple exhibitions at these Museums, including "Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics," "Rebel Women: Defying Victorianism," and "When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776-1807."
Describe your current position:
I am currently the Executive Director of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS).
What do you like best about your work?
I enjoy having the opportunity to work so closely with members of the local community and working to preserve Oneonta's rich and fascinating history.
What has been your biggest professional challenge during the pandemic?
Like most cultural institutions, the Covid-19 pandemic has limited the number of hours, visitors, and events the GOHS is able to hold. While the History Center has remained open during the majority of the pandemic, we are eager for the time when we are able to hold in-person gatherings, programs, and events once more!
Personally, working remotely has posed a significant challenge--it is incredibly difficult to curate an exhibition from your home office!
How are you seeing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion play a more prominent role in your work environment?
I believe the employees and volunteers at GOHS play an important role in pushing the GOHS toward being a more diverse and inclusive work environment. It is encouraging to work with community members from such unique and different backgrounds, who work together with the common goal of preserving Oneonta's heritage and history.
What advice would you give to someone new to the field?
The advice I would give to someone new in the field would be not to give up! This field can sometimes be incredibly challenging and difficult to get a foot in the door, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has been particularly hard on cultural institutions. But together, we can do it!
What software/web tools have helped you best pivot to remote work?
The most helpful tools have been Zoom and other online meeting platforms. Google docs also does wonders for working "live" in documents with your colleagues!
Are there any other tips you would like to share that have helped you work remotely?
Time management is important, and don't feel pressured to work all the time. Give yourself necessary breaks so you don't burn out.
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What is bringing you hope or comfort right now?
What brings me the most comfort right now is knowing (or hoping, at least) that soon, with vaccinations and mask mandates, we will be returning to normalcy.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my hard work, which I can testify, does pay off.
What would you like to learn?
Outside of my academic and professional career, I would love to learn more about cooking!
Thank you for sharing Marcela!