The staff that completes the majority of the work on the APCO Historical Collection consists of 1 student coordinator and 3 student workers. The student coordinator organizes and oversees student work activity. She also creates our monthly report that contains information on our activities as well as the status of the Collection as a whole.
Liz Bloodworth graduated from Bradley University in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and history. She continued her education at Illinois State University, earning a master's degree in history with a focus on America at the turn of the twentieth century. Since 2011, she has worked as the historical consultant for Illinois APCO's historical collection - a collection she worked on as an undergraduate. In the years since earning her MA, Liz has gained experience as a curatorial assistant as well as an adjunct instructor. In 2015, she collaborated with the Peoria Riverfront Museum and the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research to create historical videos on Peoria's role in penicillin development for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. In addition to her work with APCO, Liz currently works as a Special Collections assistant at the Bradley University Library, where she assists library patrons with historical research and creates exhibits for the library.
Sara Smith, Student Worker
Sara Smith is a senior elementary education student who has currently been working for APCO through Bradley University's Special Collections Department for the past 2 years. When not thinking about student teaching in the spring, she spends her spare time drinking a lot of coffee and teaching STEAM at a local community center for children.
Raegen Jackson has been working at APCO for one year. As an International Studies major who is passionate about travel, I hope to one day visit every single country. I'm currently studying French, Arabic, and Dutch.