Born and raised in Erie, Anna’s journey with the Hagen History Center started when she was an intern in 2013 under the previous curator and deputy director. Anna organized and cataloged the entire textile collection where she found her love for fashion history and how it represents and how it reflects societal standards. Anna’s most proud of the exhibit she created, “One Hundred Years of the Little Black Dress” that displayed black garments from the 1870s through the 1960s.
After graduating from Mercyhurst with a degree in Fashion Merchandising, Anna returned to her alma mater to earn a second bachelor's degree in History with a concentration in Public History. Within that vein of history, Anna taught art and art history for K-12 students before returning to the Hagen History Center in December 2021.
Anna works within a few departments at the Hagen History Center, including education, outreach, and guest services.
When not at the Hagen History Center, Anna enjoys painting, drawing, and reading, as well as spending time with family and playing with her Netherlands Dwarf rabbit, Opal.