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Mercer Museum Networking Event

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Posted on May 11, 2017 by Andrew C. Belton.

On April 11, 2017 the Mercer Museum located in Doylestown, Pa. hosted a networking event that featured undergraduate students at Delaware Valley University studying in the new history, policy and society academic program. 

Cory Amsler, Vice President of Collections & Interpretation at the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle headed the event and spoke about the wonderful opportunity that DelVal students have to engage with the vibrant local history community by engaging with local museums and sites as well as networking with many of the local professionals. Afterward, Tanya Casas (interim dean of School of Business and Humanities), Jack Schmidt (professor of music and liberal arts department chair), David  Snyder (professor of history, academic co-director, graduate policy studies), Craig Stutman (assistant professor of history and policy studies), and Shih-chieh (Jay) Su (assistant professor) provided further information about the new program and about the opportunities that students have to engage with local organizations, as well as the opportunities that the local organizations have to make good use of the skills that the students have learned in the classroom.

After the initial introductions, the event shifted toward a full networking event where the students and history industry professionals began to network. The emphasis of the event was to help the students to begin to build a professional network and to search for industry-related internship opportunities with the local organizations to fulfill experiential learning requirements for the E360 program (which requires every undergraduate student to gain industry-related experience in order to graduate). Students and guests were also encouraged to take a brief tour around the Mercer Museum facility. The Mercer Museum, operated by the Bucks County Historical Society, is home to Henry Chapman Mercer's vast collection of early American everyday objects with more than 60 early American crafts and trades represented. The museum looks forward to future opportunities to engage with DelVal students and programs.