Rachel Doddato of Sharpsville, Pa, has accepted the position of Assistant Curator at the Sutliff Museum in Warren. She will be responsible for the Collection Management function of the Museum.
Doddato holds a master's degree in history with a certificate in historic preservation from Youngstown State University, and brings to the museum experience in researching the Underground Railroad in northeast Ohio, a major focus of the Sutliff.
"Her experience in transcribing historic, hand written documents will be put to good use as she takes on the huge task of establishing a database of our collection of historic and personal documents from the Sutliff family," said Sally Thomas, Museum Curator.
"She brings expertise and the additional quality of personal charm to the job,"Thomas said.
The Sutliff Museum, a memorial to Levi and Phebe Marvin Sutliff, is the repository of hundreds of letters, diaries, newspapers, pamphlets and other print materials relating to the Abolition Movement, the Anti-Slavery Society, the Underground Railroad and life in Victorian times. These materials have been preserved but not made accessible because of their fragility. When they are incorporated into a database, they will be available to interested researchers with no danger to their safekeeping, according to Doddato.
Doddato is also an Instructor in the English Department at Youngs-town State University and adjunct professor of History and English at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., where she designed the Introduction to Public History course, which she also teaches.
The Sutliff Museum is located on the second floor of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, on Mahoning Avenue in Warren's Historic District. It is open from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Access to the museum is free and fully accessible. Tours may be arranged for other times by calling 330-399-8807, Ext. 121. The Warren Library Association operates the museum.
The Liberty Public Library is a branch of the Warren-Trumbull County Library.