Makaela Kroin, Program Coordinator, Oregon Folklife Network
Makaela Kroin, the OFN’s Summer Fellow, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Portuguese & Brazilian Studies from Smith College, a Master’s Degree in Information and Communication Science from Ball State University, and she recently received her Master’s Degree (2016) in Public Folklore from the University of Oregon. While working on her degree, she served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the German & Scandinavian Department for classes such as Icelandic Family Sagas, German & Scandinavian Existential Literature, and Scandinavian Fairytales. While at the U of O, she produced an exhibit for the OFN and a documentary highlighting the history and revitalization of hop growing in Oregon. After its span at the OFN, the exhibit will travel to Independence to be featured in the Independence Hops & Heritage Festival.
In conjunction with OFN internships, Makaela helped to edit an article on Native American traditional herbal medicine for the Oregon Historical Quarterly, assisted with the planning and outreach for the Local Food Connection Conference, implemented a new bookkeeping system for Berggren Demonstration Farm, and shadowed experienced folklorists as they completed fieldwork for Oregon’s Statewide Folklife Survey. Makaela looks forward to drawing upon the range of skills she has cultivated during her time at the U of O to collaborate on projects with the OFN. Her hope is to contribute in a meaningful way to local communities. Makaela’s passions include lifelong learning, sustainability, foodways, gardening, herbalism, yoga, music, film, languages, and outdoor pursuits of all kinds.