Supporting Young Scholars

The William L. Thompson Collections Fellows

The William L. Thompson Collections Fellowship for Emerging Museum Professionals and Graduate Students is a short-term residential fellowship designed for emerging museum professionals and graduate students with an interest in a career focusing on collections and material culture within historic house museums.

Fellows will work with CAHPT’s Curator & Director of Collections and other members of the foundation’s professional staff on a variety of projects, including the documentation and care of collection objects and planning for a future exhibition. They will also undertake an individual project related to their own professional or research interests utilizing Millford’s significant collection. Additional benefits of the Fellowship will include several workshops, professional mentoring opportunities, and visits to other historic sites in the region.

Alexandra Cade is a PhD student in the History of American Civilization at the University of Delaware and an adjunct curator at the Sigal Music Museum in Greenville, South Carolina. An interdisciplinary scholar and musician, Alexandra studies the material culture of music and performance in the early nineteenth-century Atlantic World. Alexandra received her BM in viola performance from the Eastman School of Music and her MA from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, where she completed her thesis on amateur-made antebellum American pianos. Additionally, Alexandra is an alum of two MESDA Summer Institutes. ​

Bryn Cooley is the Collections Manager at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., where she collaboratively manages a collection of over 350,000 architectural drawings, photographs, tools, toys, sculptures, and more. Bryn received her BA in English, History, and Humanities from Valparaiso University and her MA in Museum Studies from the George Washington University.  While in graduate school, she completed internships at Blair House and The Office of the Senate Curator.  She formerly managed the collection at Tudor Place Historic House & Garden in Georgetown and is also an alum of Historic Deerfield’s Summer Fellowship Program in Massachusetts.

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