Kelly Schmidt

Kelly Schmidt



Office: Crown Center 557

Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Fraterrigo


B.A., Honors Bachelor of Arts (Classics: Latin, Greek, and Philosophy) and History, Xavier University, 2014

M.A./Ph.D., United States and Public History, expected 2019

Research Interests

My research interests include 18th and 19th century United States history, particularly concerning race, slavery, and abolition, in addition to Cincinnati history and Native American history. I am also developing a growing interest in Polish American history. Within the realm of public history, I am interested in museums and historic sites, and wish to further study museums of memory and conscience and museum ethics.

Awards and Fellowships

Graduate Teaching Assistanceship and Merit Fellowship, 2014-2019

Winter-Cohen Family Brueggeman Fellow, 2012-2014

Eigel Center Community-Engaged Fellow, 2010-2014

Gilder Lehrman History Scholar, 2014

Vincent and Hilda Gudorf Minority Studies Award, 2014

Louis J. and Mildred V. Simon History Award, 2014

Ohio Campus Compact Charles J. Ping Student Service Award, 2013-2014

Phi Beta Kappa, 2013

Alpha Sigma Nu, 2012

Mortar Board, 2011


"Privacy in the Iliad," published in the Xavier University Journal of Undergraduate Research, May 2013, Cincinnati, Ohio

Conference Papers

“Acknowledging a Complicated Past: Race and Slavery at Xavier University, 1830s-1870s,” presented at the Jesuits and Race Symposium, November 11, 2015, St. Louis, Missouri

"Slavery as Entertainment: Power Relationships in Ancient Roman Comedy," presented at the Miami University 13th Annual Undergraduate Classics Conference, April 12, 2014, Oxford, Ohio

"Slavery as Entertainment: Power Relationships in Nineteenth Century Minstrel Shows," presented at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research, April 3-5, 2014, Lexington, Kentucky

"Privacy in the Iliad," presented at the American Philological Association Annual Meeting, January 3, 2014, Chicago, Illinois

"Hardship in the Promised Land: Evaluating Public History's Portrayal of the Obstacles to Freedom and Abolition in Cincinnati," presented at the Historians Against Slavery Conference, September 21, 2013, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Unpublished Work

"Slavery as Entertainment: Power Relationships in Ancient Roman Comedy and Nineteenth Century Minstrel Shows." Honors Bachelor of Arts Capstone Thesis, 2014.

Public History Experience

Museum Work

Colonial Willamsburg Foundation, Education Outreach Teacher Institute Intern, Summer 2015

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Museum Experiences Specialist, Docent, Youth Docent Educator and Mentor, 2008-present

Cincinnati Museum Center, Volunteer, 2008-present

Heritage Village Museum, Costumed Docent, 2002-present

Exhibition Development

"Household Racism: The Legacy of Minstrel Stereotypes in Domestic Objects," Fall 2014-present

"Souvenir, Talisman, Toy" Exhibition Dialogue Team Member and Exhibit Volunteer, Summer 2013


"Faithful Service, Community, and Care: The Angel Guardian Orphanage and Misericordia Walking Tour," Tour Proposal for the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, Chicago, Illinois, Fall 2014

Western Female Seminary Living History Society, Living Historian, 2005-present

College Hill Historical Society, Living Historian, 2013

Digital Media

The Lakefront Historian: A Student-Run Public History Blog from Chicagocontributor, 2015-2016

Antebellum Cincinnati: Social Intersections in the Queen Citywebsite webmaster and editor, 2014

"Cincinnati Race Riots: 1967 and 1968," video presentation at the Food and Drug Administration, Cincinnati, Ohio, February 2, 2014

Visitor Services and Evaluation

Glessner House and Clark House Museums Assesssment Project, Spring 2015

"RACE: Are We So Different?" Exhibition, Illinois Holocaust Museum, Visitor Evaluation Inteviewer2014-2015

Conservation and Collections Management

"Bomba Drum," Artifact analysis and interpretation label, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, Chicago, IllinoisFall 2014

Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, Collections and Preservation Volunteer, 2013

Cultural Resource Management

"Ambidexter Institute, Springfield, Illinois" National Register Nomination, Spring 2015-present

"Chrysler Village History Project: Preserving and Sharing the Histories of Chrysler Village," Fall 2014-present


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