Title: Public Historian, Consultant
Location: Rochester, New York, United States
Victoria Schmitt, Public Historian and Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history.
Growing up in Akron, Ohio, Ms. Schmitt would visit the Cleveland Art Museum and fell in love with the Egyptian exhibits. She deeply enjoyed learning about history and after reading Frederick Douglas’ “My Bondage and My Freedom,” she was inspired to pursue the subject in college, later earning a Bachelor of Arts in history from Connecticut College. Additionally, she went on to achieve a Master of Arts in humanities from the University of Rochester. Ms. Schmitt has had a long and successful career in museums and historical societies, as well as being the chief executive officer of a nonprofit company that ran on the Erie Canal. Today, she excels in her role as a public historian and consultant, which she has been devoted to since 2014.
Prior to her current responsibilities, Ms. Schmitt served on the planning committee for the World Canal Conferences in 2000 and 2010, as well as in the Netherlands in 2011. She has also been a volunteer to the longest-running Black newspaper in Rochester and a member of the board of directors for the Rochester Junior League from 1970 to 1981. Presently, she maintains affiliation with the National Advisory Committee and Rochester History Editorial Board. Looking back, Ms. Schmitt is especially proud of her first professional roles at Jessie’s County Museum and John L. Wiley Sporting Gallery. She attributes her success to her love for people, as she believes she has gotten to meet every type of person over the years. In five years’ time, she hopes to teach children in the public school system how to think and not what to think.
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