History Channel Episode Features Alum: Series Dramatizes Archival Research

Brad Meltzer’s Decoded a new program from the History Channel, explores where public history and archives meet, challenging three professionals to apply their research and analytical skills to historical documents.

The series focuses on historical mysteries, particularly conspiracies. Archives and Public History program alumna Andrea Meyer will appear in the upcoming January 27th episode of the show. In this episode, she will talk with the researchers about the Culper Spy Ring and Benedict Arnold’s treason, discussing manuscript materials in several New York area collections. Meyer’s work as an APH student on an Omeka website and an article for New York State Archives magazine led a production company to contact her about the episode.

The series is expected to help shift the network to more directly focus on historical subjects. This is an interesting opportunity to explore television’s interaction with history and archival research. Series excerpts and the first episode are currently available online, and other episodes are expected to be posted on the History Channel’s website. The show airs Thursdays at 10 pm EST.

Andrea Meyer

About Andrea Meyer

Andrea Meyer came to the Archives and Public History program after working in archival collections as both a researcher and an archivist, and she is very interested in engaging the public with the documented past. Andrea is currently completing the dual-degree program with the Palmer School. She completed her M.A. in Archives and Public History in May of 2010, and her M.L.I.S. from the Palmer School of Long Island University in August of 2010.

While completing classes, Andrea worked as an Archival Assistant in the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at Tamiment Library from September 2008 until the Spring of 2010. Andrea also worked with the John Jermain Memorial Library's Dorothy I. Zaykowski Sag Harbor History Room to survey and inventory their special collection on local history. In her spare time, Andrea is usually found researching the American Revolution, particularly spies like the Culper Spy Ring, which she worked with Amanda French to create an Omeka-based website about. Andrea also regularly attends American Revolution Round Table meetings and helps care for a Federal Era home on Eastern Long Island (which prompted her undergraduate interest in Historic Preservation) along with a nearby Old Burying Ground.
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One Response to History Channel Episode Features Alum: Series Dramatizes Archival Research

  1. Mark Guay says:

    Andrea,

    Very insightful History Channel segment on the Culper Spy Ring. It’s my week -end with my son, and it provided a nice backdrop to his Social Studies homework!

    Mark

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