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UMass Lowell History Department Alum Spotlight: Kelley Leonhard (’21)

Kelley Leonhard speaking at UMass Lowell on April 2, 2024. Image by Ed Brennen

Since earning her B.A. in History, Kelley Leonhard has worked to educate people about Boston’s rich and dynamic history. In summer 2022, she became Visitor Experiences Staff for Revolutionary Spaces in Boston, where she spent time in the galleries at either the Old State House or the Old South Meetinghouse conversing with visitors about these historical sites and their legacies. In spring 2023, she began serving as Chief Operating Officer of Cambridge Historical Tours. Her work there has focused on booking groups, managing guides, planning new tours, and social media.

Kelley visited UMass Lowell on Tuesday, April 2, to give two talks to History students. The first was "From UMass Lowell to The Boston History Company: Life after a History Major." Later, she gave the keynote speech, "When Opportunity Knocks, Invite It In," to the History Department's 2024 Phi Alpha Theta inductees.

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