Hello to all!
My name is Jason Duke and I hail from Palmer, Massachusetts. I have the pleasure of being the fourth member of my family to attend Assumption College as I am currently a Junior, following in the footsteps of my mother, father, and sister. In my spare time, I have a huge passion for Boston sports, and on any given night you will find me either watching or attending a Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, or Bruins game. Academically, my interest lies in the field of history. Ever since I heard my grandmothers story of her escape from Germany during the Holocaust, I have wanted to learn as much as I possibly could in the field of history. This leads me to the reason I am participating in the American Antiquarian Society Seminar. I had a vast amount of interest in participating in this seminar because it would allow me to delve deeper into the field of history both via the interaction with other students and professors and the new sources that the American Antiquarian Society will give each student access to. As someone that double majors in History and Economics, this seminar will be highly beneficial. The previously mentioned ties to history are obvious, and this seminar will also tie into my Economics major as it will possibly allow me to learn about past economies in great detail. I also hope to gain a lot from this experience. This seminar will give me skills to utilize as I hope to go to graduate school to obtain my Masters Degree in history and subsequently pursue a career of some manner in the field of history. This seminar can give me invaluable experiences with historical documents and the research process for large projects that can propel me to success in many of my future endeavors. In conclusion, I am extremely excited for this amazing experience and look forward to its’ imminent start!