First of all, thanks for stopping by!
I am Amy Williams. My Twitter bio reads: “CU Pioneer and UW-Milwaukee history MA student. Also aspiring world traveler, committed Anglophile, country music junkie, amateur historian, and rebel yeller.” That just about sums me up…notice I said “just about”.
I graduated from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 2012 with my bachelor of arts in history with a minor in European Studies. I am now attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for my master of arts in public history and a masters in library and information science with a concentration in archives. I took a year off between my undergraduate and graduate education in hopes of getting some professional experience.
That year off led me to start working for the University of Wisconsin system in instructional technology. Following almost four years in the system, I entered the private sector as a digital learning specialist at a public accounting firm.
My research interests include the political and economic histories of late medieval/early modern European history, the Black Death, the Yukon gold rush, and other occasional interesting/odd/weird facets of history.
In the little spare time I have, I also enjoy reading, writing, research, traveling, other outdoorsy activities, and random road trips. Other passions of mine include British history, literature (particularly J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, Brian Jacques, and other fantasy/historical fiction), chocolate, country music, and more chocolate.
About the Blog
I began My Life is History in May 2010. I originally intended to start this blog to chronicle my semester abroad at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom during fall 2010, but as people inevitably do, I got sidetracked. So, although I did discuss the goings-on overseas, I admittedly flopped on providing accurate details and more or less keeping a virtual travel journal.
Instead, this blog has morphed into a big blob of Amy’s thoughts on history, school, travel, and occasional random thoughts. It’s ever in the process of change, but that’s what is fun about having a blog; it can be a dynamic medium for expressing yourself.
So, as I progress in the field of history, I am constantly revising, updating, and re-morphing this blog. I am working on establishing segments which I hope will generate interest amongst my readers as well as developing a repository of freely-available digital resources for students of history and those interested in learning more.
Overall, my purpose for this blog is this: if you hate history, despise it with a passion, I want to change your attitude. You do not have to agree with me; heck, you may think I am off my rocker. But I want you to explore, learn, and discover that history is not just facts about dead people and past events dosed up with some primary sources and analysis. No, history is a living and breathing subject; it is constantly forming, changing, and re-morphing (I love that word!).
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