Lauren Rhea is Working in Saltville and Attending Harvard

by Billy Chandler

Yes...you read that right.

Lauren is the administrative assistant at Saltville’s Museum of Middle Appalachians, and she was just hired by the town of Saltville to be the Director of Historic Preservation and Community Beautification. She’s been working hard to facilitate the improvement of areas that stand to detract from the hard work the town is doing to attract tourism. Among recent projects she’s already tackled are helping with the sale of the historic Stuart home, and the restoration of a delapidated building next to the golf course.

And she is also pursuing a master’s degree from Harvard.

During her first year at E&H, she took a class on the history of the Cold War and became thoroughly fascinated with the impact of that period of history. After college, she started looking for gradutate level nuclear weapons classes, and she found that only 6 schools in the country offer anything. She adds, “Harvard just happened to be the closest one!” She has now completed a certificate in nuclear deterrence, and she is working on a master’s thesis that deals with the fact that the United States is actually less prepared now for a nuclear attack than we were in the past.

What’s next? She’s headed to the Air Force. “I’ve learned all I can about nuclear weapons as a civilian, so the next step is to be part of the military to get a fuller understanding.” After that, she hopes to find herself in Washington D.C. where she can be part of the conversation about nuclear policies.

Knowing Lauren, she will likely have more on her to-do list than “simply” nuclear policy.

Enjoy a fascinating conversation with Lauren on the Duck Pond Wall podcast.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2430-town-of-saltville-eyes-big-plans"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.JPG 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.JPG" alt="This beautiful bird is the latest visitor to the well fields in Saltville, and bird enthusiasts are having fun figuring him out. There is..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2400/11805_gwh_all.rev.1660772634.JPG 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2400" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2430-town-of-saltville-eyes-big-plans">Town of Saltville Eyes Big Plans</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> There’s a Labor Day party coming up in Saltville, Virginia, but town leaders are looking at much more than just a big weekend. <a href="/live/news/2430-town-of-saltville-eyes-big-plans" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
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