Other places I appear or am mentioned on the web!
Here’s the Facebook posting talking about my “senior superlative award” from UMW Libraries!
Here’s the introduction I wrote for the summer 2020 internship at the Lee-Fendall House.
And here’s what I wrote for the Lee-Fendall House newsletter as my internship was ending
On page 4:
“Hello, my name is Francesca Maisano. I am a rising senior at the University of Mary Washington, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation. This past summer, I was the Collections Management Intern here at the Lee-Fendall House. My main project was cataloging and photographing artifacts from the 2010 archaeological excavation of the garden. In total, I created 872 object records in our collections database for this project, complete with pictures and information! In addition, I wrote eight weekly social media post about one or a group of artifacts, talking about their history and their connection to the Lee-Fendall House and its inhabitants. Though this internship, I gained and refined skills and knowledge that I can bring to future endeavors, whether in my college courses or my career. Two of the valuable skills that I gained are cataloging artifacts and using PastPerfect, the software used by many museums to manage their collections. This internship has also been invaluable for letting me practice my research and writing skills, while creating the weekly social media posts. Through this internship, I was able to see what collections management is like and how a small house museum runs. I also found this internship an incredibly fun and enjoyable experience. I loved handling, researching, and learning about the many different objects I catalogued. It is incredible to me how a single artifact can tell a centuries-long story, and I have truly enjoyed getting to share these stories with other people. Before this internship, I would never have thought about the history of the nickel, how tobacco shaped Alexandria, or 18th and 19th century butchery practices. I enjoyed seeing real life examples of what I had learned about in my college courses. One of the social media posts I wrote highlighted some nails found in the archaeological dig and they reminded me of a class I took last semester about building technologies, a course which talked about, among many things, the evolution of nails and nail construction. It was very cool for me to see the concepts and history I learned from this class in a real-life setting. Altogether, I truly enjoyed interning at the Lee-Fendall House and getting to learn about and feel more connected to the city of Alexandria and to this house. While my internship may be over, the Lee-Fendall House will always hold a very special place in my heart.”
Here is a mention in a blog post on projects happening in UMW’s Digital Archiving Lab in Fall 2020.
Here’s a mention in regards to The James Farmer Project
Here’s a mention as being part of UMW Phage Hunters classes, a sequence of two classes I took freshman year of undergrad.