UWEC students (from left to right) Sylvie Leach, Jory Dorn, Anderson Becker, Rachel Johnson, and David Coltz conduct research on the Eleanor Jones papers at the McIntyre Library's Special Collections and Archives. Photo by Cheryl Jiménez Frei 


About this Project

This digital exhibit was researched, written, and built by students enrolled in Dr. Cheryl Jiménez Frei's Fall 2022 Introduction to Public History class at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. 

We are deeply grateful to Eleanor Jones for donating materials from her private collection to the UW-Eau Claire Special Collections and Archives Department at the McIntyre Library. We were honored to be offered a peek into her life as a Hormel Girl and beyond, and to use her meticulously documented memories as the basis for this exhibit, which details both local and national history. 

We would like to thank Greg Kocken, Head of Special Collections,  and Sarah Beer, Assistant Archivist, at the McIntyre Library, for their assistance with this project. Our exhibit site was built by Dr. Cheryl Jiménez Frei, Jon Vega, and Kaitlin Augustine (with consultation from Greg Kocken) using Omeka-S software.

Assistant Archivist Sarah Beer assists Torger Stachurski, Landon Wilson, Jonathan Vega, and Kaitlin Augustine as they conduct research for exhibit panels. Photo by Cheryl Jiménez Frei

This exhibit would not have been possible without the research conducted by UWEC public history students:


Jonathan Vega. MA program in Public History 
Kaitlin Augustine, MA program In Public History 



Anderson Becker, Social Studies Education 
Molly Black, History 
Noah Braun, Geography
Megan Carlson, Exercise Science 
David Coltz, History 

Jory Dorn, History 

Dan Zons, Sylas Neville, Gwen Fischer, and Sabrina Massie research the life and travels of former Hormel Girl and Wisconsin native Eleanor Jones in the collection of artifacts Jones donated the McIntyre Library Special Collections and Archives. Photo by Cheryl Jiménez Frei. 

Gwen Fischer, History and Public History  
Jack Flaherty, Political Science
Rachel Johnson, History 
Grace Kotrly, Psychology 
Sylvie Leach, History and Public History 


Sabrina Massie, History and Public History 
Sylas Neville, History 
Olivia Pachol, Business and History
Nicole Pomplin, History
Torger Stachurski, History 

Lizbeth Tuczynski, History and Public History 
Zak Von Ruden, Business 
Brandon Waier, History 
Landon Wilson, History and Public History 
Zach Wranovsky, History
Dan Zons, History and Journalism 

UW-Eau Claire History students Anderson Becker, Jory Dorn, Sylvie Leach, Rachel Johnson, David Coltz, and Jack Flaherty conduct research on the Eleanor Jones papersPhoto by Cheryl Jiménez Frei