Alumna Profile: Nicole Lauletta MA 2010

Monday, July 30, 2018

Nicole (Hayduk) Lauletta (M.A. '10) just celebrated her three-year-anniversary as Registrar at the Senator John Heinz History Museum. The Heinz History Center is a museum that serves as the Pittsburgh region's connection to history with a Western Pennsylvania connection. Her days are filled with processing the thousands of objects acquired each year and caring for the overall collection (over 40,000 objects).

The History Center has a robust exhibition schedule, and Nicole is responsible for installation and deinstallation of museum objects in each exhibit. Spring 2018 featured the National Constitution Center's American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, which the History Center enhanced with local Western Pennsylvania sections. Up next for the museum, in September 2018, is the Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

Nicole and the History Center's Museum Division are also preparing for the November 2018 launch of the eMuseum website that will provide public access to the collection's TMS database. To prepare for the launch, the team is standardizing catalog records, photographing artifacts, and curating highlight object categories. Year-by-year they will add more catalog records to the site until the majority of the museum collection is represented and accessible on eMuseum.

In 2010, Nicole earned her MA in Museum Studies at SFSU with an emphasis in Registration/Collections Management. While at SFSU, she completed internships at the California Historical Society, Computer History Museum, and California Academy of Sciences. She also held a student position at the National Park Services' Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) working with their archival and museum collections. Her master's thesis, Museum Collection Moves: Practical Aspects Involved in a Collection Relocation, was inspired by the on-the-job experience of managing a military uniform move while working at the GGNRA. After graduate school, Nicole worked for five years as a Museum/Archives Technician at the GGNRA.

Nicole believes in the value of internships and considers graduate school on-the-job experience key to future success in the museum profession. The Heinz History Center is a teaching museum, and the various departments have revolving internships throughout the year. Find out more about the Heinz History Center and interning there!