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Virtual Intern Explores Smithsonian Gardens’ Archives

Posted on Jun 26, 2020 by in The OFI Blog |

Photo of Alanna Natanson from the Smithsonian Gardens’ June Newsletter

The following is an excerpt from the Smithsonian Gardens (SG) June 2020 Newsletter:

Smithsonian Gardens recently welcomed a new Virtual Intern, Alanna Natanson.

After falling in love with plant identification during an undergraduate botany course, Alanna is especially interested in the role that digital archives of photographs or scientific data can play in helping historians and non-historians answer questions about changes in the physical landscape over time. She is also interested in the way that archives related to gardens can showcase the experiences and creativity of women and people of color.

Alanna is a master’s student in Public History at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is originally from Takoma Park, Maryland and attended Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for her undergraduate studies. Following her work at NC State, she will obtain a Master’s in Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the hope of eventually working in a university archives or special collections library.

Welcome to the Smithsonian, Alanna!