The Wayside Inn Foundation Welcomes Lauren Prescott as Archivist & Online Collections Curator
SUDBURY, MA -- The Wayside Inn Foundation is pleased to announce that Lauren Prescott has joined The Wayside Inn Foundation staff as the Archivist and Online Collections Curator. Restructuring the archives has long been a priority for The Wayside Inn, but the need was amplified by the pandemic when access to records posed logistical issues for researchers and staff. Ms. Prescott will review The Wayside Inn’s existing paper-based records and develop a cohesive cataloging system in a new web-based database. Items will be photographed and digitized in the process. With digital collections there are greater opportunities to create online exhibitions and virtual programming. Sharing the collections with the public and telling the broad-ranging stories of The Wayside Inn are key goals of The Foundation’s Strategic Plan. “I am really looking forward to working with Lauren,” said Nonprofit Director Sally Hild. “She has a broad skill-set that not only includes archival management, but Lauren also understands how nonprofit historic institutions operate, which is incredibly helpful for me. As the pandemic wanes The Foundation now has an opportunity to improve the current conditions of the archives and by doing so, we will create a vibrant center for active engagement with our holdings,” added Hild. Lauren is the former Executive Director at the South End Historical Society. As the sole employee of an active organization, Lauren was responsible for every aspect of the Society, including programs and events, development, and managing the archives. “I’m forever grateful for the experiences I’ve had and the relationships I’ve fostered in the South End,” Lauren stated, “but it was my passion for collections and research that flourished over the years and I wanted a career that focused solely on that.” Other organizations where she has worked with collections include the Arlington Historical Society, City of Boston Archives, and The Trustees of Reservations. While serving as director of the Society, Lauren wrote Boston’s South End, published by Arcadia in 2018. The book utilized the Society’s postcard and image collections to discuss the history of Boston’s historic South End neighborhood. “It was my goal to introduce people outside of the South End to the Society,” Lauren explained, “and to raise a significant amount of money to care for its collections.” Ms. Prescott holds a Master of Arts in History from the University of Massachusetts Boston, with a focus on Public History & Archives. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “It was here where my interest in archives emerged,” Lauren explained “in the reading room of the university’s archives. I was a Math major at the time, but not for long.” Lauren was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She resides in Quincy, Massachusetts with her family. In her spare time, you may find her reading, cross-stitching, watching true crime documentaries, or crafting new recipes in the kitchen.
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