Intern Shannon Struble has been processing archival collections and writing finding aids at AJHS since the summer of 2014. A 2010 graduate of the dual-degree History and Archives Management master’s program at Simmons College, she sees her work at AJHS as both a way to maintain her professional skills and an opportunity to learn.
Shannon studied early American history at Simmons, and is especially interested in the history of New England. But, she says, she knew relatively little about the Jewish community in the region before she began interning at AJHS. Now, she explains, “each new collection I process brings more depths to explore.” As examples, she sites processing the papers of the Bromberg family, including Edward J. Bromberg, a member of the Massachusetts State Senate. She mentions finding a photograph with a young Albert Einstein in the background and learning about his first trip to the United States in 1921. And she describes looking through photos used in a 1990s exhibition honoring Jewish men and women from the North Shore who served in the armed forces. “It is all fascinating,” she says, “and I am so grateful to have this enriching experience in my life.”
But her internship is not the only enriching experience in Shannon’s busy life. While a student, she began working part-time at Boston antiquarian bookstore Bromer Booksellers. She stayed on after graduating, and is now the bookstore’s full-time Office and Web Manager. Though Shannon says she’d someday like to work in special collections librarianship, where she could “continue to work with a wide variety of material, including rare books, manuscripts, and objects,” she currently “love(s) every minute of” her job and is happy with the balance of her work and internship.
On her own time, Shannon loves to read (“I know, shocker,” she jokes) and is still involved in a book club she started four years ago. She also appreciates the abundance of arts and culture that Boston offers. But that doesn’t mean she always stays close to home. So far, Shannon has visited 20 countries and 38 states. Her most recent trip took her to Wyoming’s national parks, and she is already planning her next – to Iceland.