MONA LAMBRECHT
Public Historian and Genealogist
Arvada, Colorado • mona@exploreyourhistory.com

Independent researcher and writer looking for projects involving local history topics, family histories, or historical preservation in the Denver area. Interested in both short- or long-term projects and open to short-term assignments involving travel.


EDUCATION

M. A. HISTORY - Public History Concentration [2006]
Northeastern University : Boston, Massachusetts
Master's Project : Creative History : An Online Guide for Researching Local History

B. A. HISTORY [2003]
Metropolitan State College of Denver : Denver, Colorado

B. A. VISUAL ARTS - Graphic Design Concentration [1992]
University of Maryland Baltimore County : Catonsville, Maryland


EXPERIENCE

HISTORICAL RESEARCH
Book Manuscript

Boulder: 1859-1919 : In development with Arcadia Publishing : 2008 to present

Exhibit : Family History Month
Boulder Genealogical Society : Boulder, CO : 2007
Digging Deeper: Sources That Can Bring Historical Context and Depth to Your Family History

Collections : Cataloging Project Coordinator - Volunteer
The Old Manse / The Trustees of Reservations : Concord, MA : 2006 to 2007
Updated and digitized the house museum’s material culture collection by conducting a new artifact inventory; researched objects; developed master inventory lists, organized and archived the in-house photographic collection; developed a detailed site-specific collections methodology.

Master’s Thesis
For Completion of M.A. in History : Northeastern University : Boston, MA : 2006
Creative History: An Online Guide for Researching Local History

Website Exhibit : 2005 Research Fellow
The Bostonian Society : Boston, MA : 2005
Sweet History: Dorchester and the Chocolate Factory

Researched and wrote the script for an online exhibit celebrating the 225th Anniversary of Baker’s Chocolate; developed the website structure, and consulted on the exhibit design; handled and worked with photographs and artifacts from several historical societies.

Documentary : Post-Production Intern
Spy Pond Productions : Brighton, MA : 2005
The War That Made America : PBS Historical Documentary
Assisted in post-production activities including image searching, verifying image rights and licensing, and fact checking; prepared digital map images for CGI special effects; worked directly with one of the core production teams in refining story continuity, editing, and historical content.

Exhibit : Project Coordinator and Historical Researcher
Colorado Historical Society : Denver, CO : 2004
Colorado TimeScape
A member of the development team; researched historical topics and collected visual elements for a ten-minute documentary and laser presentation with a 3D topographic map; coordinated with archaeologists to identify and photograph prehistoric artifacts to use in the presentation.

Exhibit : Historical Research Assistant
Colorado Historical Society : Denver, CO : 2004
Colorado's Labor Wars: The 1903-1904 Cripple Creek Strike

Building History : Research Assistant/Artist/Photographer - Intern
Baltimore Center for Urban Archaeology : Baltimore, MD : 1992
Assisted historical archaeologists researching an historic building in Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland prior to demolition; photographed building site, and created illustrations for publication.

EDUCATION
Lectures
Bring the History into Your Family History: How to Enrich Your Genealogical Research by Thinking Like an Historian
• You Can’t Always Believe What You Read: The Importance of Researching the Family to Understand the Individual


Boulder Genealogical Society Library Volunteer

Teaching and Research Assistant : Northeastern University
• Department of History: Worked for Dr. Clay McShane : 2006
• Department of History : History of the American Home : 2005
• Department of History : History of Boston : 2005
• Center for Interdisciplinary Studies : Psychology in Film : 2004

GRAPHIC DESIGN and WEBSITE CONSULTING
Website Design, Training and Consultation
Boulder Sesquicentennial Celebration 1859-2009 : Boulder, CO : 2008
Silvia Pettem : Ward, Colorado : 2007

Creative Director / Freelance Graphic Designer - Owner
Chameleon Creative, Inc. : Boulder and Denver, CO : 1993 to 2004
Worked directly with clients developing marketing, advertising and graphic design strategies; designed marketing materials for print and web media; managed staff of graphic designers in all phases of a project; controlled all aspects of project and vendor management, and quality control.

POSITIONS HELD
2009 Boulder Sesquicentennial Planning Committee

Heritage and History Chair : Boulder, CO : 2008 to present

Boulder Genealogy Society
Program Chair : Boulder, CO : 2008 to present


Publications
The Old Manse: Collections Inventory 2006-2007, Master List Volumes 1 and 2. Reference Collection. The Old Manse. The Trustees of Reservations. Concord, Massachusetts. 2007.

Creative History : An Online Guide for Researching Local History. 2006. Internet. Available at www.creativehistory.net

Franklin Brewing Company: 3175 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain (Boston), Massachusetts, 02130. Preliminary Boston Landmark Study Report. Franklin Brewery File, Boston Landmark Commission. Environment Department. Boston, Massachusetts. 2005.

“Sweet History : Dorchester and the Chocolate Factory.” The Bostonian Society. 2005. Internet. Available at www.bostonhistory.org/bakerschocolate.

“‘Good Baptist Weather’: Boulder County and the Flood of 1894.” Colorado Heritage Autumn (2001): 29-40.

“Superior Cemetery, Boulder County, Colorado.“ Tombstone Transcription Project. 2001. Internet. Available at http://www.rootsweb.com/ ~cemetery/colorado/boulder.html


Additional Research and Technical Skills
• Experience with cataloging and indexing; photo digitization and restoration; and familiar with basic archival practices.

• Experience handling, documenting, and researching a wide range of material culture artifacts.

• Knowledge of the German language and experience with old German handwriting and Blackletter print.

• Skilled with Adobe Photoshop, GoLive, and Illustrator; Quark XPress; and Microsoft PowerPoint/Apple Keynote; and collections management software PastPerfect.



Professional Affiliations
American Association for State and Local History
Organization of American Historians
Colorado Historical Society
Boulder Historical Society
National Genealogical Society
Association of Professional Genealogists
Boulder Genealogical Society
New England Historic and Genealogical Society

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