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UMass Lowell History Department Alum Spotlight

Meagan Timmins doing her work on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery.

Introducing Meagan Timmins ('20)...

As a History student, much of the work Meagan did was dedicated to pursuing a career in conservation. She also served as a History Tutor for two years and a Program Assistant for the History Master’s Program for one year.

During the 2017-18 academic year, Meagan served as a Curatorial Intern with the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell. She worked with the executive director to assist in the planning and development of events, and assisted with marketing campaigns and graphics work. During summer 2018, she attended an archaeological field school in Corinth, Greece, where she served as a student excavator. In addition to excavating and documenting finds for her trench, she also was able to explore several historic sites surrounding Corinth, and was given the opportunity to tour the on-site conservation lab.

During summer 2019, she served as an Objects and Paper Conservation Intern for the Student Conservation Association with the National Parks Service Historic Architecture, Conservation, and Engineering Center. Through this internship, she was able to further delve into the field of conservation and continue volunteering with the conservation lab into 2021.

Currently, Meagan is serving as a Conservation Stewards Intern at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. She is working on a variety of historic preservation projects, focusing largely on monuments care, masonry repairs in historic structures, and bronze treatments. So far, her projects have included the preparation of a historic gate for reassembly and masonry maintenance and care on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in preparation for its centennial this November. In the future, Meagan intends to pursue a Master’s in Historic Preservation or Conservation.

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