My name is Lindsay Zaborowski, and I am an archivist and historian by trade. As I prepared to graduate from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, I was determined to find a way that I could use my history degree in a ‘real life’ setting. I was drawn to archives because it combines working with the raw materials of history with public outreach and education. I love the spirit of sharing that permeates the profession right now, and look forward to many years of helping researchers of all kinds gain access to our shared heritage.
I recently finished working on a LSTA-funded grant project called Washington County Heritage Online. It was a great experience, as I was able to participate in the creation of a large-scale digitization project, including working to create the digitization and metadata standards. In addition, I also got to work with historical societies and public libraries from all over Washington County. These experiences now help me to continue the spirit of cooperation with new projects, including my current volunteer position at the Ballard Historical Society. My current professional position is as an Archivist for The Museum of Flight, where we are working to reprocess our collections and to improve and professionalize the administration of our archive.
When not working, I like to read and watch baseball with my husband (I’m a Mariners fan, he’s a Yankees fan). We also love to travel, and in the last couple of years we have visited Boston, Toronto, London, and Lisbon. I like to get out and I try to stay active. I recently ran my third half marathon, at the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. I beat my PR by 7 minutes and I am looking forward to picking out my next challenge!