Evelyn M. Hershey
Museum Education Director Evelyn Hershey provides hands-on school field trip tours, teaches distance learning classes, coordinates scouting projects, teachers' workshops, bus tours, and internship projects. She teaches the Museum's Saturday Labor Arts Classes, held every Fall & Spring and leads homeschoolers' tours of the Museum. Evelyn travels to schools, senior centers, libraries, historical societies, and union meetings to present talks and lessons on labor and immigrant studies topics. She also manages the Museum's free public library, assists researchers, and answers research questions. She manages the Museum's collections.
Ms. Hershey and Museum Director Angelica Santomauro co-authored the book Around Haledon: Immigration and Labor (Arcadia Publishing, 2008). Evelyn fabricated the Museum's portable Exhibits-in-a-Suitcase, available for loan to schools, unions, cultural institutions, and individuals. Evelyn worked with union retirees on a Museum lesson plan for the classroom, "The Voice with the Smile will be Gone for A While: The 1947 Nationwide Strike of Telephone Workers Against AT&T with Special Attention to the Women Telephone Workers of New Jersey.
Evelyn received a BA degree from Douglass College in 1984 and an MA degree in Art History with a Certificate in Museum Studies (Museum Education) from Rutgers University in 1988. Her graduate studies included an internship in the education department of the New-York Historical Society and work experience as an interpreter at Ringwood Manor, located in New Jersey's Ringwood State Park. As a retail clerk for nine years, Evelyn is a proud member of the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1262.
Evelyn began work at the American Labor Museum in 1988, first as the Curator of Collections, then as an Educational Consultant in 1994, as the teacher of the Museum's Saturday Labor Art Classes in 1998, and in her current position as Education Director in July of 2000.