Justin Estreicher is a member of the Class of 2019 majoring in American history and minoring in anthropology. A native of Long Island, he grew up with a love of history encouraged by exposure to museums in his local community and in nearby New York City. Though his current research interests relate mostly to early American history, he indulges his fascination with the deeper and more global past as well through his activities as a board member of the Clio Society, the Penn Museum's student outreach group. On campus, he also works as a tutor at the Marks Family Writing Center and has contributed writing to such publications as 34th Street, Stamped, and Stylus.
Justin on his summer experience:
"This past summer, while also putting my knowledge of history and other subjects to use as a tutor working for a service and with private clients at the middle- and high-school levels, I gained valuable experience in closely studying historical documents as an archival intern at the Vanderbilt Museum on Long Island. I worked on a project cataloguing William K. Vanderbilt II's vast collection of books, mainly from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, housed on the shelves of the Eagle's Nest household library.
My tasks involved documenting both the physical description/condition of the books and the most interesting content of their pages. In the process, I studied works of particular relevance to my research interests, such as Catlin's North American Indians, and came across such fascinating finds as handwritten inscriptions by Jules Verne, Joseph Conrad, and Mr. Vanderbilt himself. My work resulted in detailed contributions to the museum's permanent records, providing valuable resources for future research and conservation efforts."