Kelly Bernatzky rejoins the Maria Mitchell Association after first being an intern at Mitchell House in 2018. After her first summer as the Mitchell House Intern, Kelly could not stay away from the MMA for long and returned to volunteer at the inaugural Maria Mitchell Women of Science Symposium and again at Mitchell House in the summer of 2019.
Previously, Kelly was the Program Manager for Vassar College’s Exploring College – an afterschool enrichment program for college preparation in the Poughkeepsie region. Coincidentally, her office there was located in the Maria Mitchell Observatory at Vassar, where Mitchell lived and taught during her time as a professor in the later 1800s.
Kelly grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts, but is very excited to now be living in Nantucket surrounded by the beach.
Interests and Accomplishments
Kelly holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Vassar College, with minors in Education and Greek & Roman Studies. Much of her coursework focused on connecting museum studies with other disciplines, and she wrote her senior seminar paper on the role of social justice in museums. She additionally worked on a National Park Service project at the Home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Hyde Park, NY. She was nominated as a member of Sigma Xi for her research in archaeology. In 2019, Kelly was a Summer Fellow in Historic Deerfield’s Summer Fellowship Program in History and Material Culture.
While in college, Kelly danced with the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre and participated in various student theater productions. When she’s not working or dancing, she loves to discover new music, go on hikes, and re-watch tv shows she’s already seen too many times.