Jacob Noble Curriculum Vitae

Jacob A. Noble

Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc.

Anamosa, IA 52205

Telephone: (319) 462-4760

Email: JNoble@wapsivalleyarch.com 


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Master’s in Heritage Studies and Public History, 2021
  • Historic Preservation Track


Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana

  • BA in History, minors in Museum Studies and Middle East Studies, 2018
  • 3.89 Cumulative GPA
  • College Honors and Departmental Honors



Project Historian, Wapsi Valley Archaeology, Inc., Anamosa, Iowa--June 2021 to Present

A Public History of 35W, Minneapolis, MN: Exhibit Developer and Researcher--Summer 2020 to Summer 2021

  • Conduct historical research into the construction of Interstate 35W through South Minneapolis using physical and digital materials.
  • Collaborate with university students, professors, and community leaders to facilitate community programs and develop exhibit plans.
  • Present research to over 100 attendees at online public events using Zoom and Webex.


University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Studies, Minneapolis, MN: Exhibits Developer--Spring 2020-Winter 2020

  • Researched and designed exhibits for the Institute for Advanced Studies, including office window displays and exhibitions in Northrup Gallery.
  • Designed physical displays to accompany programming relating to Smithsonian Institute’s Righting a Wrong exhibit posters, including selecting and displaying objects from University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center Archives.


Minnesota Department of Transportation, Saint Paul, MN: Cultural Resources Unit Intern--Spring 2020 to Summer 2020

  • Developed ArcGIS storymap for MnDOT Cultural Resources Unit website using historic contexts and archival photographs.
  • Wrote and edited Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office inventory forms for properties contributing to Trunk Highway 52 National Register of Historic Places nomination.
  • Explored viability of public outreach in Cultural Resources Unit work related to Rethinking I-94 project.


College Possible, Saint Paul, MN: Tech Connected College Coach--Fall 2018 to Summer 2019

  • Facilitated college preparedness for low income students through independent technological meetings via social media, Microsoft Outlook, and phone.
  • Empowered students to self advocate for their needs through various academic and administrative challenges.
  • Utilized Salesforce software to track activity and build and curate reports of students and achievements.
  • Independently managed portfolio of over 140 students.


Camp Millhouse, South Bend, IN: Kitchen Assistant--Summers 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018

  • Assisted developmentally disabled children and adults with meals.
  • Assured cleanliness of kitchen facilities to a high standard.


Joseph Moore Museum, Richmond, IN: Collections Worker--Fall 2015 to Spring 2018

  • Completed long term independent catalogue inventory using Specify database software.
  • Rehoused over 5,000 avian and mammalian natural history specimens with new protective materials and housing in line with museum best practices.


Levi and Catharine Coffin State Historic Site, Fountain City, IN: Collections Intern--Summer 2017

  • Conducted historical, object-focused research to improve collections database organization and quality.
  • Managed site database of objects to update storage information.


Project Examples

2022 - Contributor to the Update of National Register of Historic Places Documentation for the Fort Snelling Historic District, Minnesota, Officers’ Quarters Duplex.

Phase I Archaeological Survey, Geoarchaeological Investigation, Phase I and Phase II History and Architectural Survey for the Rolling Prairie Dredged Material Placement Site, Wabasha County, Minnesota. WVA No. 1187.

Bever Woods National Register of Historic Places Nomination, prepared for the City of Cedar Rapids. WVA No. 1200.

Phase I Intensive Archaeological Survey for the Proposed County Road E34  Resurfacing Project with Curve Correction near Fish House Road, (STBG-SWAP-CO53(90)—FG-53), Jones County, Iowa. WVA No. No. 1217.

Phase I Intensive Archaeological Survey of Approximately 722 Acres within the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, Des Moines County, Iowa. WVA No. 1225.

Phase II Archaeological Testing and Evaluation at Sites 13ML766 and 13ML767 Mills County, Iowa. WVA No. 1226.

Phase I Intensive Archaeological Survey for the Olympic Heights Sewer Extension Project in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa. WVA No. 1228

2021 - Faulkner House, Minnesota Individual Property Inventory Form.

Intensive-Level Architectural History Survey for the Proposed Replacement of Burlington Junction Railway Bridge 266.43 in Adams County, Illinois. WVA No. 1197.

Intensive-Level Architectural History Survey for the Proposed Replacement of Burlington Junction Bridge 264.45
in Adams County, Illinois. WVA No. 1199.

Architectural History Survey
for the Proposed Green Bay Levee and Drainage District No. 2 Dredge Sand Placement Project, Lee County, Iowa. WVA No. 1202.

Reconnaissance-Level Architectural History Survey
for the Tower Terrace Road Project, Linn County, Iowa. WVA No. 1205.

Intensive-Level Architectural History Survey for the Muscatine Island Levee Projectin Muscatine County, Iowa. WVA No. 1208.

A Phase IA Archaeological Resources Assessment for the O Avenue Detention Basin Improvement Project, Cedar Rapids,
Linn County, Iowa. WVA No. 1209 

Intensive-level Architectural History Study for a Proposed Addition to the Veterans Affairs Central Iowa Health Care System Hospital,

Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. WVA No. 1210.

Intensive-Level Architectural History Survey Bagley Water Tower, Guthrie County, Iowa. WVA No. 1211.

Reconnaissance-Level Architectural History Survey for the East Hillcrest Avenue Improvement Project, Indianola, Warren County, Iowa. WVA No. 1214.



Earlham College EPIC Advantage: Andalusian Dreaming in Spain and Morocco--Summer 2018

  • Conducted group and individual research on cultural crossover in Spain and Morocco.
  • Practiced Darija Arabic and Colloquial Iberian Spanish.

Earlham College Curricular Policy Committee Student Representative--Fall 2015 to Spring 2018

  • Advised on changes for Earlham College curriculum and curricular policies.
  • Presented and advocated student interests to committee for consideration in policy revisions.
  • Collaborated with committee members to reach consensus based decisions.
  • Recorded committee meeting minutes for college archives.


CIEE Study Abroad in Amman, Jordan--Spring 2017

  • Experienced cultural exchange and crossover through homestay and cultural site visits
  • Practiced Colloquial Jordanian Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic
  • Gained cultural understanding and leadership experience through immersive experiences and site visits.


Earlham Historical Journal Editorial Board Member--2015 to 2018

  • Convening Editor, Fall 2016 and 2017.
  • Collaborated with editorial board members and authors to produce high quality undergraduate historical scholarship.
  • Experienced in the peer review process and Chicago Style.
  • Managed budgets and scheduled events and meetings.


Earlham College History Club--2015 to 2016.

  •  Convener Fall 2015 to Fall 2016.
  • Organized public events and programs for all age groups, including trivia and movies.
  • Worked with club members and co-conveners to facilitate positive experiences for students and community members.



“Whose City, Whose Community?: Schools, Race, and Class in 20th Century Detroit.” Earlham Historical Journal 11, no. 1 (2018): 39-81.

“Remaking the Neighborhood: Housing, Race, and Labor in Postwar Detroit.” Earlham    Historical Journal 10, no. 2 (2018): 78-89.



Secretary of the Interior’s standards for Professional Qualification in History and Architectural History.


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