My name is Mary (she/her/hers), and I am the new Local History and Genealogy Librarian at the Sherman Room. I am very excited to be joining the team and exploring the history of Mansfield and Richland County, and I wanted to take this opportunity to very briefly introduce myself.
I am not from Mansfield originally, but I was born and raised on the border of Licking and Knox Counties. I attended the College of Wooster and earned a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in History and Classical Languages (Latin and Ancient Greek) before moving to Maryland to earn my Master of Library and Information Science degree at the University of Maryland at College Park, with particular emphasis on archives and digital curation.
While I love researching almost anything in history, I do have a particular interest in the history of medicine and disease. My first internship was with the Licking County Records and Archives department, where I was responsible for processing and making a digital exhibit for their collection of tuberculosis sanatorium records. This project launched me headlong into the world of local history in Ohio and I have never looked back!
We will be returning to having more history- and genealogy-oriented weekly blog posts hopefully starting this weekend, but for now I will just say I look forward to researching the history of this area and sharing with you all! Please feel free to stop by and introduce yourselves or, as always, view any of our online resources through the Local History and Genealogy page here or our digital archives here.
Sherman Room Librarian