Topic: Katie Herring

My Summer with Martha

By Katie Herring, Former Undergraduate Intern
July 29, 2016

Former undergraduate intern Katie Herring.

Former Undergraduate Intern Katie Herring.

Fresh off I-81, I arrived at the University of Virginia in my Virginia Tech sweatshirt. You could say I stood out. But no matter: I was welcomed into the Washington Papers family as if I were one of their own, not just as an undergraduate who would be there for several weeks, but as another historian and aspiring archivist.

I was unbelievably excited to come to Charlottesville, not for the city itself, of course, but to work. Well, that’s not entirely true. I was looking forward to hiking and going to wineries, but that’s a story for another blog post. I couldn’t wait to start working with the Papers. The musical Hamilton had just gotten popular, and the first time I heard “Right Hand Man” only increased my excitement. I got chills when George Washington’s character was introduced in Hamilton. This was the moment I’d been waiting for. The entire musical amplified my enthusiasm for the Revolutionary Era. This internship really couldn’t have come at a better time for me—or in pop culture.

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