Feingold said he started college as an anthropology major thinking he might go into archaeology. After going on a dig his freshman year, he started thinking about ways to pursue the same ideas in a different field.
“I had a good time on the dig, but I began to think it wasn’t something I wanted to do my whole life,” he said. “At the same time, I had a passion for the objects. I thought maybe I could do something with museums. The nice thing for me is it happened early enough for me to change my focus in time.”
During college, Feingold also worked in a program at the Senator John Heinz History Center. The museum is the biggest in Pennsylvania, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and partner of the Vatican.
“It is a nice regional history museum,” Feingold said, “so it really gave me an appreciation for what my hometown had to offer and how it was important historically to the region.”
In his free time, Feingold likes the outdoors, especially camping and backpacking. Between college and the graduate program, he backpacked across Europe, going across Ireland as well as northern and central Europe.
In another year, Feingold said he hopes to find a museum to call his own. While he misses home, he is also open to staying locally.
“I do think of myself as a city person at heart, but I really do appreciate the small-town vibe of Cooperstown. With three top notch museums in town, it is a great place to have my foot in the door.”