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Anna Halgash

M.A. in Public History

Anna Halgash is from Corning, New York. 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 Cork, Ireland. Her junior and senior year capstone papers explored the romanticization of British ballads in Appalachia by early twentieth-century musicologists and 1960s folk singers, respectively. This past 2022 summer, Anna was a visitor services/curatorial assistant for Shenandoah National Park, located outside of Luray, Virginia. She assisted the park with museum preservation and documentation, research for future interpretation, and museum maintenance. The park contains Rapidan Camp, the rustic, trout-fishing mountain cabin complex used by former President Herbert Hoover as his presidential retreat. Anna’s primary project involved researching why Hoover’s successor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, rejected Rapidan Camp in favor of creating Shangri-La (now Camp David) in northern Maryland.

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Cohort: 2021

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

Fieldwork:  American Conservation Experience/National Park Service, Corning Incorporated, The College of Wooster English Department, Corning Museum of Glass’s Rakow Research Library

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