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Anna Halgash

M.A. in Public History

Anna Halgash is from Corning, New York in the Finger Lakes. She graduated magna cum laude from The College of Wooster and double-majored in English and History. For Anna’s Fall 2019 semester, she studied abroad at University College Cork in Ireland. Her Junior Independent Study capstone paper concerned how early twentieth-century scholars of British ballads romanticized Appalachia. Anna’s Senior Independent Study capstone paper built upon this research by exploring why Appalachian ballads seemed authentic to and resonated with folk singers during the 1960s American folk music revival. As a Marketing Communications intern for Corning Incorporated’s Advanced Optics business, she contributed to a timeline website for the Aerospace & Defense division’s history campaign that chronicles their milestones and achievements.

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Cohort: 2021

Research Interest: Irish culture and history, folk music, Native American cultures and history, the 1960s American folk music revival, Appalachian ballads

Fieldwork: Corning Museum of Glass’s Rakow Research Library, The College of Wooster English Department, Corning Incorporated

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