Hi there. I'm Rebecca Ortenberg.

I believe in putting historical research to work in the world.

As a public historian with ten years of experience in museums, historic sites, and scholarly organizations, I have a deep appreciation for the historical research process and a passion for communicating it. As the social media editor at the Science History Institute, I write and edit social content, and collaborate with content creators across the institution to create a multi-faceted, engaged, dynamic voice across all social platforms. During my five years with the Institute, I have also spent time developing ways for research fellows and staff historians to share their scholarly work through public programs, social media initiatives, video interviews, and digital experiences. Previously, I’ve married historical research to interactive performance, creating public programs for the First State Heritage Park in Dover, Delaware, the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, and multiple historic sites in Oregon. I believe that understanding the past is the only way to build for the future, and that historical research is only as good as one’s ability to share it.

I am also the co-founder of Magic Bread Consulting, a firm dedicated to instilling sustainable communications practices in arts and culture nonprofits, particularly with small organizations who want to grow their audience but worry they lack the resources to get their story out there. Learn about working with me.

I am always pushing for new ways to communicate history’s most important stories with the broader public.

I also serve as the managing editor of Lady Science, an independent online magazine dedicated to women in the history of science, technology, and medicine. I coordinate communication with writers, track deadlines, manage monthly publications, and advise on editorial and staff decision making. 

I also write, tweet, and podcast.

Originally from Southern California, I have a B.A. in history and theater from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and an M.A. in history museum studies from the prestigious Cooperstown Graduate Program in Cooperstown, New York. I currently reside in Philadelphia.

Looking for more? Check out my portfolio of work and read my resume.
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