PLATTSBURGH — Connie Mandeville would like to bring a new emphasis to the Kent-Delord House that will enhance a family atmosphere at the historic site.
Mandeville, the museum’s new program coordinator, brings a personal connection with history and a familiarity with modern technology to the position.
“I realized history was my passion while still in high school, learning about the history of the nation and who we are today,” said Mandeville, who graduated from Peru High School and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in history and women’s studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva.
Transferring that high-school passion into her college studies opened even more areas of interest for Mandeville, who graduated summa cum laude this past spring. While in the Finger Lakes region, she worked for the Geneva Historical Society and became involved in many social-justice groups on campus.
“I studied the history of civil rights in our nation, the struggles of people like me,” she said, referring to a time in America when women did not enjoy equal rights and faced a long, difficult battle to overcome their own form of discrimination. “That helped me become very socially conscious. It’s where my passion for history comes from.”
Mandeville took over as program coordinator in July, and though much of the Kent-Delord House’s focus is on the upcoming Battle of Plattsburgh Weekend in early September, she is also looking for ways to attract a larger audience to the museum’s collection, including a new blog on what exactly the Kent-Delord House means to Plattsburgh and the North Country.
“As a recent college grad, I recognize the prominence of social media, how important social media is to younger people,” she said. “I’m starting a blog for the museum to create more interest in what we have to offer.”