Kevin Finefrock (Co-founder and editor) is a Ph.D. candidate in the history department at the University of Connecticut. He received his B.A. in History and Government from Connecticut College in 2007 and his M.A. in History from the University of Connecticut in 2011. He also has a certificate in Community Action and Public Policy from Connecticut College's interdisciplinary Holleran Center. His research interests include the British and French Atlantic Worlds; histories of the family, slavery, and race; and histories of memory. He has worked for a variety of museums, including the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, New Hampshire; Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea; and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. He is currently writing a dissertation titled "Family Roots: Slavery, Servitude, and Memory in Connecticut, 1636 - 1856."
Mary Mahoney (Co-founder and editor) is a Ph.D. candidate in the history department at the University of Connecticut. She received her B.A. in History and English from Trinity College, CT in 2009 and her M.A. in History from the University of Connecticut in 2012. Her research focuses on the history of reading and the belief in its power to heal in the Anglophone world. Mary's interest in Hartford's history was sparked by stories of her own family's roots in the city dating to the nineteenth century, combined with time spent honing her knowledge of Hartford's past as an intern at the Hartford History Center. She is currently at work on her dissertation tentatively titled "'Taking a Literary Pulse': A History of the Use of Reading to Heal the Self and Its Diseases." Mary can be reached at Mary-Margaret.Mahoney@uconn.edu or on Twitter at @MaryMahoney123
Ryan Allen graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in 2014. He was one of eleven inaugural recipients of UConn's competitive IDEA grants for undergraduate research in Spring 2013. Working in collaboration with Associate Professor of History, Micki McElya, Ryan analyzed the historical and lasting effects of the Civil Rights Movement on the city of Hartford, CT. Much of this research will be publicly accessible in the Virtual Hartford episode: "The Battle at Battle's Luncheonette."
Allison Horrocks earned a Ph.D. in History at the University of Connecticut in 2016. She also holds Graduate Certificates in Feminist and Women's Studies and in College Instruction. Before coming to Storrs, Allison earned a BA in History and American Studies at Trinity College, CT in 2009. Her research interests center upon the development of Home Economics programs in the United States and abroad from the 1920s through the early 1980s. As a public historian, Allison has worked at a number of local archives and museums including Mystic Seaport, Newport Historical Society, the Preservation Society of Newport County, and Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. She is currently working as a Park Ranger at Lowell National Historical Park. Her research for Virtual Hartford appears in the episode entitled: "Creating Order Out of Play: Parks and Recreation in Hartford, 1900-1920."
Zachary Raslanan is an undergraduate honors History major and Geographic Information Systems minor at the University of Connecticut. Most of his work revolves around the incorporation of geographic information systems to provide a unique perspective on, and answer questions about, a particular history. This involves the digitization of historic textual and graphic documents, and the extraction of data which can then be geoprocessed and used to run quantitative geographic analyses on the given topic. He was part of the second cohort of UConn’s competitive IDEA grant recipients in the Spring of 2014. This research grant will funds his work for Virtual Hartford and has helped him create a historic geodatabase for the use of researchers of historic Hartford, CT across the world.