A man’s homeland is wherever he prospers.

Aristophanes

About Me

My name is Emily Johnson and I am a fourth-year History Major at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. My historical research focuses on Eastern Europe during World War II, however, my interests range from women’s history to nationalism to American newspapers. I am currently employed as an Historic Interpreter at George Washington’s boyhood home of Ferry Farm and am the Archives Intern at the Heurich House Museum for Spring 2021. In my free time, I volunteer for the NYPL Community Oral Histories project, helping to transcribe oral histories to make history more accessible to all. I intend to go to graduate school to pursue a Master’s in Library Science with a concentration in Archives and Records Management. With this degree, I aspire to become an archivist who can create meaningful connections between archives and rural communities.

My senior thesis is “Nation-Building in Newspapers: A Comparison of Lithuanian and Ukrainian Ethnic Newspapers in America, 1940-1953” and provides a comprehensive analysis of Lithuanian- and Ukrainian-Americans’ attempts to create national unity from abroad via ethnic newspapers in the wake of World War II. This study will include an examination on the long-term effects of these newspapers on modern memory politics regarding Eastern European nationalist movements in the 1940s and early 1950s.

Research Interests

American folk music

American military veterans and families

American newspapers

Anti-Soviet partisans on the Eastern Front of World War II

History of American education

Privacy and Outreach in archives

Rural American history

Women’s history

About this Website

This site is intended to be a miniature portfolio of my digital works and historical research.

For a shortened version of my resume, click the Resume tab.

For a list of projects and research that I have taken part in, click on the Research & Projects tab.