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Blankenhorn Brings Love of History to Internship

Blankenhorn Brings Love of History to Internship

Richards Center intern Eva Blankenhorn

Eva Blankenhorn ('21), is a second year student serving as the Richards Center's digital humanities intern for the Fall 2018 semester. She is pursuing a major in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management and a minor in History. During her internship, Eva has been hard at work assessing and transcribing some of the papers of James Addams Beaver to assist the Richards Center and the University Libraries in determining which of the Beaver Papers should be digitized and made more widely available to the public. Beaver commanded the 148th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War and subsequently served as governor of Pennsylvania from 1887 to 1891 and acting president of Penn State from 1906 to 1908. Eva is focusing her research on Beaver's papers related to his work as a trustee and president at Penn State, as well as his role in the creation and installation of the memorial honoring Andrew Gregg Curtin (Pennsylvania's governor during the Civil War) and Union soldiers and sailors that has graced the entrance to the courthouse in Bellefonte for over 100 years. Eva is excited to share her passion for history through digital platforms, particularly when it comes to the history of the Civil War or the history of her native Schuylkill County. Shortly before returning to campus for this academic year, she created her first "Hometown History" vlog about the historic Pioneer Coal Tunnel in Ashland. Check out her vlog and stay tuned for more "Hometown History" installments from Eva!