Becka Hackett Lash, '06
Becka (Hackett) Lash graduated from Muskingum in 2006 with a history major. She headed to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where she attended Middle Tennessee State University, completing her M.A. in Public History with a concentration in Museum Studies.
Lash then went to the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science in Wilmington, North Carolina, where she wrote descriptions for significant objects in their collection that became part of an online collections catalogue.
Following her stint in North Carolina, Lash went to work full-time for the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, where she led curriculum-based field trips.
She is currently in her third year as the Assistant Site Manager for Historic Zoar Village. Of this position she says, “I write, plan, and schedule all the programming for Historic Zoar Village, as well as planning events, curating exhibits, designing marketing materials, and managing our volunteer corps.” In October of 2012, Lash received the History Outreach award for Excellence in Public Programming from the Ohio Local History Alliance for a program she implemented, “Saturdays in Zoar FREE Speaker Series.”
Lash is grateful for professors such as Bil Kerrigan, who encouraged her to pursue real world experiences during her undergraduate years; such experiences became “the building blocks of a great résumé.”
“I researched and wrote the first chapter of the Arcadia Press book Images of Cambridge, Ohio under his guidance, and completed a collections internship at the Massillon Museum between my Junior and Senior years due to his influence.”
Lash advises students trying to discern a career path to “Talk with your advisor and other professors in your fields of study. Tell them what you like and don't like about what you've heard about careers in your field. They will be able to confirm or contradict your fears, and discuss other options you may not have known or thought about.”
During her undergraduate years, Lash was involved in choir, football cheerleading, several honor societies, and she held a part-time job in the Academic Affairs office.