Thoughts on Press Releases, Empathy, and Activism

Returning to the Caffѐ Lena History Project after six months in India has challenged me in ways I never would have expected. I had spent the last semester exploring issues in social justice on the other side of the world, and every day was met with a new discovery, a new revelation. It was at once a constant sensory and emotional overload, and it was amazing. To be perfectly honest, I came back to work in the Saratoga History Museum with a hint of skepticism. Returning from a world where the issues felt so immediate, the problems so urgent, I felt somehow as though returning to work with historical documents was less necessary, as though I could be doing something more tangible to make the world a better place. Since then, I have been searching for some way in...

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