The first question most people ask is why are you barely a historian? Well, the answer is not so simple. I know a lot about very few aspects of history. I am passionate about Early American History, especially Religious History, I know my fair share of Postal Historiography and more than most native Milwaukeeans know about their city. But if you ask me about 11th Century European History I am probably going to look at you the same way I would if you asked me to explain nuclear fusion. The name actually comes from a quick story. While playing trivia with some friends, a question about a Russian Czar came up, of course, I had no clue what the answer could be. One of my friends said, “Aren’t you supposed to be a historian?” I replied, “yes, but not that kind.” Their response:
“You’re Barely A Historian”
It became my twitter handle @brlyahistorian, email address and title of my first blog (but we won’t talk about that.)
Of all the things I have learned, I know there is more to know than I could ever imagine. Recently I saw a great illustration that relates to how little the most educated person knows. When I struggle because I don’t know the answer to something this reminds me of all the knowledge in the world compared to the tiny bit in my memory.
That is the story behind the name.
Read on if you want to know more about me personally.
Originally I am from Long Beach, NY, but I relocated to Milwaukee, WI in 2004. While there I got married, had a wonderful daughter and got divorced. I completed my undergraduate degree at The University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee double majoring in History and Religious Studies with a certificate in Cultures and Communities. I spent a Summer abroad in Morocco, served as the President of Phi Alpha Theta- Delta Phi the National History Honor Society at UWM, and discovered my passion for image research working on The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee. I am eternally appreciative of the Professors, students, friends, and faculty at UWM, without them I would not be where I am now.
Surviving 10 long cold winters in Wisconsin, prompted me to only look at graduate programs in warmer climates. George Mason University and the well known digital humanities program was the right fit for me. I graduated in May of 2016, and while I’m not sure if I am going to go back for the PhD., I miss learning and am constantly curious.
As far as my personal life, it is pretty boring. I currently live in Northern Virginia and when I am not in class or at work, most of my time is spent with my dog Louie, lounging on the couch watching awful T.V., reading or knitting. When I am not reading for school, my guilty pleasure is true crime and that carries over into my love of true crime docudramas. Since this blog was originally for school and school is over (for now) I am going to transition it into a personal blog. I really want to focus on podcast commentary to see how it goes. Wish me luck!
That is a brief history of barely a historian. With that I leave you with a picture of Louie, who I am sure will make many appearances as the blogging progresses.