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FAL-WIN 2016

The alumni magazine for Franklin Pierce University.

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W hen Alexa Wal- lace '16 (History) graduated in May, she nailed her dream job: interpreter for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. She spends her days dressed in 18th century costume, speak- ing to people about what life was like in the colony. She is also one of the few staff members living at the museum, in a space on Duke of Gloucester Street, Colonial Williams- burg's main drag. "In books, history is black and white," says Wallace, who is also a 2016 recipient of a Gilder Lehrman Scholar Award, one of only 15 students around the country to receive the prestigious prize. The awards are given an- nually to outstanding juniors and seniors by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, which is dedicated to improving history education. "But in reality, it's really gray. There are mixed emotions, there's law and there's ethics. There's tension. I love be- ing able to bring history alive and make it more relevant to people." Wallace minored in Public History and Political Science at Pierce, and she's worked as an interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village as well. She founded the University's History Club, and was its first president, as well as being a tutor, and attending numerous history conferences during her time at Pierce. "I'm really a nerd," she laughs. "And I love talking to people about history, which is why I founded the club. I figured other people would like that, too." She and fel- low History Club member Gabriel Norwood '19, were part of multiple Civil War reenactments; Norwood was a corporal on the battlefield and Wallace interpreted domestic life in camp, cooking and tending to wounded soldiers. The Gilder Lehrman Award allowed her to spend a week in New York City this summer, participating in presentations and meeting with eminent history scholars. Wallace is hoping to go to graduate school and pursue a career continuing as a museum interpreter or as a public historian. – Holly Beretto '93 The Past is Present BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE RAVENINGS

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