Coltsville National Historical Park
Eric grew up fifteen minutes away from Coltsville National Historical Park in Manchester, CT. As a child, he always loved historical documentaries and reading books about American history. He grew this interest into a passion and eventually applied to Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in New Britain, CT where he graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in History. He originally planned on working as a history teacher, but found a different passion during his time at the university. In 2015, Eric had the opportunity to work as an intern at Connecticut’s Old State House (OSH), located in Hartford, CT. He spent his time there leading tours of the historic 250 year old building, running programs for elementary school students, and researching the history of the building. Eric developed a passion for working at historical sites and engaging the public with local history. When his opportunity with the OSH ended he resolved to go back to CCSU for a Master’s in Public History. Just as he began his studies in public history in 2019, Eric was given an opportunity to work as an intern at Coltsville National Historical Park in Hartford, CT. He spent his time talking to members of the community and participating in local events and park clean-ups. Eric fell in love with the history of Coltsville and the people who live around it and is very happy to be returning as the Community Volunteer Ambassador for this year. Eric is passionate about education, local communities, and historic sites, and he hopes to be able to establish long lasting connections between the people of Hartford and the staff at Coltsville National Historical Park. He looks forward to sharing his passions with the people of Hartford this year.