Topic ID #27223 - posted 2/19/2013 6:34 PM



Melissa Kimberly Mercer

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927 Colton Court                                                        3403 O’donnell Street

Prince Frederick, MD 20678                                         Baltimore, MD 21224 410-693-9420

Education Experience

The George Washington University, Washington DC

Masters in History-concentrating in Colonial and Imperial Studies~Not Completed

28 credit hours

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, Maryland

Bachelor of Arts: History~Minor: Theatre and Museum Studies~Graduated May 2010

GPA: 3.59~History GPA 3.60


  • Computer Proficiency in Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Publisher
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in diverse work conditions
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills

Professional Experience

Legal Assistant, Cardao & Peek, LLC (August 2012- present)

  • Answer incoming calls and maintain office flow
  • Conduct medical and legal research
  • Send and followup on medical records and billing requests
  • Use Excel to create billing indexes
  • Talk to potential new clients and take cursory information regarding cases

Education Intern, Tudor Place Historic House and Garden (Sept 2011-June 2012)

  • Research and develop acting and primary/secondary source 90 minute workshop for 5th grade class
  • Lead school tours for kindergarden-10th grade
  • Lead and assist in public programs and special events
  • Research and develop teacher’s packet to accompany Revolutionary War tour

Historic Trades Interpreter at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, Mount Vernon Ladies Association (March 2011-present)

  • Interact with visitors at the Pioneer Farm, Gristmill, and Distillery sites
  • Answer questions and provide historical context for the sites, as well as George Washington in general
  • Work and speak with school groups, mainly 5th and/or 8th graders, performing demonstrations while telling the history of Mount Vernon and George Washington
  • Employ third person interpretation techniques while demonstrating 18th century techniques and methods for farming, milling, and distilling

Visitor Services Intern, Smithsonian National Museum of American History (June-August 2010)

  • Interacted with visitors on a daily basis at touch carts and theatre performances
  • Aided and Answered visitor questions relating to touch carts, theatre programs, general museum information, and general Washington DC information
  • Worked with the Office of Public Programs, attended meetings, and observed the inner workings of OPP

Maryland Heritage Student Interpreter, Historic St. Mary’s City (May-August 2009)

  • Interacted with visitors at Town Center and the Godiah Spray Tobacco Plantation employing both 3rd and 1st person interpretation techniques, developed and portrayed character for work
  • Aided and answered visitor questions relating to 17th century life in St. Mary’s City and the Colonial Chesapeake

Research Experience

Living History Production Assistant, Historic Annapolis Foundation (Nov 2010-Jan 2011)

  • Assist lead historian in collecting and analyzing documentary evidence of runaway slaves, indentured servants, and convict servants in Annapolis from 1720- emancipation 
  • Transcribing previously researched runaway ads to prepare for auditions and performance
  • Helping facilitate the transition of research into a comprehensive, interpretative stage performance figuring characters found through the runaway ads with a focus on African American themes to be preformed during Black History Month, Feb. 2011
  • Stage Managing the performances created from research

St. Mary’s Project (July 2009-May 2010)

  • Constructed a comprehensive independent senior project examining the role of Colonial theatre in creating American identity in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Analyzed 18th century articles in the Maryland Gazette to determine correlations between theatre performance and political events
  • Compared primary sources against the work of Dr. Jason Shaffer to formulate independent conclusions on the influence of theatre on a local level

Public Programs Intern, Historic St. Mary’s City ( Jan 2010- May 2010)

  • Conceptualized and originated a public program based on the documented 17th century trial of Garrett van Swearingen
  • Conducted and interpreted research on trials historical characters to create twenty minute play, will direct and act in upon completion
  • Developed a character reenactment of Garrett van Swearingen to be used daily at Historic St. Mary’s City by costumed interpreters

Costume Intern, Historic St. Mary’s City (Aug-Dec 2009)

  • Collaborated with Historic St. Mary’s City public programs and costume department to create an independent project researching 17th century clothing
  • Clarified inventory records from Historic St. Mary’s City relating to clothing created database to evaluate results and developed more historically accurate costume representations
  • Interpreted Dutch Master paintings from the 17th century and investigated their historical relevance in relation to clothing worn by colonists

Teaching Experience

First Year Seminar Peer Mentor (Aug-Dec 2009)

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

  • Facilitated class discussion, serve as mentor of First Year Seminar on Roman Religion upon invitation from faculty member, Dr. Linda Hall
  • Responded to and provided assistance to students for assignments, and conduct review sessions.
  • Created material for and presented workshop on successful powerpoint presentations


  • member Phi Alpha Theta, history honor society
  • St. Mary’s Scholar, 3.5 GPA or Higher (Fall 2008-Spring 2010)
  • Dean’s List (Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2010)

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