After graduating this spring, Alora Adams and Riley Hubbard will work as historical presenters at Dearborn’s Greenfield Village. In addition to their majors in history, Adams and Hubbard have substantial interests in other areas. Adams (Novi, MI) is also majoring in social studies and secondary education and has taken leadership roles in her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, while participating in the Alma College Choir. Hubbard (Mason, MI), who is completing minors in Theater and Religious Studies, has volunteered at the Michigan Women’s Historical Society and Hall of Fame, in addition to serving as a Student Ministry Coordinator at the College Chapel.
As a historical presenter in domestic life, Hubbard will work on the farms at Greenfield Village, wearing period clothing and performing duties such as cooking, washing clothes, gardening, and making corn husk dolls. Adams will work work at the historical playground, the carousel, and one of the railroad platforms, telling stories about historical games as well as anecdotes related to the railroad.
Adams and Hubbard are the second and third Alma history majors to land these selective positions within the last two years. (Amanda Craig, class of 2014, also worked at Greenfield Village last year and is now pursuing a master’s degree at Eastern Michigan University). Congratulations Alora and Riley!
About Greenfield Village: Entering Greenfield Village is like stepping into an 80-acre time machine. It takes you back to the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s past. There are 83 authentic, historic structures, from Noah Webster’s home, where he wrote the first American dictionary, to Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, to the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. The buildings and the things to see are only the beginning. There’s the fun stuff, too. In Greenfield Village, you can ride in a genuine Model T or “pull” glass with world-class artisans; you can watch 1867 baseball or ride a train with a 19th-century steam engine. It’s a place where you can choose your lunch from an 1850s menu or spend a quiet moment pondering the home and workshop where the Wright brothers invented the airplane. Greenfield Village is a celebration of people — people whose unbridled optimism came to define modern-day America.