Jamie Mesrobian – Anthropology and History ’09

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School and Groups Division Interpreter, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

After graduating from Longwood University with a BA (Honors) in Anthropology and a BA in History, I decided it was time to explore the world a bit and moved to London, England for a few years! I earned my MA in Public Archaeology from University College London, and also began a MPhil/PhD at King’s College London in Classics Research. However, after a year of working on my PhD, I decided that I wanted to get back to work rather than research and write all day, every day….so I moved back to the USA!

Whilst I was in London I volunteered, interned and held positions at/with many awesome places including (but not limited to): Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, the Thames Foreshore (with the Museum of London Thames Discovery Programme – Foreshore Recording and Observation Group), and the Council for British Archaeology during the annual Festival of British Archaeology (the “Time Cheam” project with Clive Orton). My favorite project to take part in was the new Kensington Palace Garden History tours – I was able to be one in a group of about 12 to research, develop and lead the first set of tours that would go on to win a Highly Commended Award from the UK Arts Council for Bringing Innovation into London Area Museums. In America I have worked at some other fantastic museums and sites along the east coast in Virginia and North Carolina, including: the Colonial Williamsburg Foundaiton, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation (Jamestown Settlement), the Jamestown Glasshouse (Eastern National), Tryon Palace and Historic Bath Site (former Assistant Site Manager).

I have recently come back to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation after a 7 year hiatus (I had previously worked there for almost 10 years from 1999-2009!) as an interpreter in the School and Groups Services Division. I absolutely love what I get to do every day – allow children, and adults, to experience the history of this great country by leading them on tours! My favorite part is to see “that light bulb” moment in someone’s eye (no matter their age, experience or education)…and I look for that light bulb to go off every day. No matter how many times I see it – I never get tired of it!

I take great pride in telling everyone that I graduated from Longwood University. It laid down the foundation for what I am doing now, and allowed me to realize that your dreams are 100% attainable if you go for it. Thank you so much to Drs. Bates, Jordan and Dalton for everything you do for all of us – not just whilst we’re at Longwood, but for also when we turn into good ol’ alums. Your support is everything.

 

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