My name is Michael Plumb, and I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. History was something that fascinated me from a very young age. My grandfather had a bayonet from the Civil War hanging on the wall of his study, and being confronted with this tangible piece of the past sparked a passion that led me to major in history during my undergraduate studies at Washington and Jefferson College, a small liberal arts college south of Pittsburgh. I decided to continue my studies at George Mason, and I am currently in my third semester of the M.A. program in the applied history track. I chose the applied track so that I can help the public discover their own passion for the past.
In addition to my studies at Mason, I work in the education department at Mount Vernon as a historic interpreter. Educating students and adults alike in this historic setting can be challenging, but it has also reminded me just how rewarding sharing my love of history can be. I am really looking forward to this DST class so that I can put the skills we learn to good use in future public history ventures!