Join staff from The Mary Baker Eddy Library and the Massachusetts Historical Society, to hear how National History Day changes students’ lives and kindles new aspirations. You’ll find out how our archives offer exciting, meaningful topics in which a student can “become the expert.”
National History Day encourages students across the U.S. to explore the rich world of archives—and to create research projects on a particular theme. This year the Library is proud to join the list of libraries and archives that are welcoming young people to explore the unique stories their collections offer on the topic “Breaking Barriers in History.”
Kate Melchior is Assistant Director of Education at the Massachusetts Historical Society, as well as a State Affiliate Coordinator of National History Day in Massachusetts. She received a master’s degree in history from the University of Bristol, a bachelor’s in English from Northwestern University, and a bachelor of music in vocal performance, also from Northwestern. An Austria 2012 Fulbright alum, Melchior performed research in the field of public memory. She has previously worked at Boston’s Old North Church & Historic Site, and the Heritage Museum & Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts.
Dorothy Rivera has worked as a researcher at The Mary Baker Eddy Library since November 2014 and now serves as Manager of Research & Reference Services. She came to the Library from the National Archives and Records Administration, where she worked as an archives technician. She holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a bachelor’s in history and political science from Johns Hopkins University.