Devon T. King
Public History MA Student
Interests: urban history, historic preservation, cultural resource management, public policy
B.A. History, University of Massachusetts Amherst
I am a master’s student studying the history of cultural resource management and planning in the Commonwealth as well as the growth in heritage place-making in response to urban renewal and changing economic conditions following World War II in cities and towns throughout New England. I am also pursuing the Public History Certificate with a concentration in historic preservation and public policy.
Previous research experience has included a fellowship with the Newport Historical Society during which I produced an essay published in the Society’s journal investigating the urban renewal projects which produced America’s Cup Avenue and Newport’s modern, historical downtown. My senior thesis “Preserving History, Reviving Cities: The Heritage State Parks of Massachusetts,” surveyed the Heritage State Parks, a system of parks established by Massachusetts in the late 1970s and 1980s in an attempt to revitalize post-industrial communities across the Commonwealth. Prior to entering the graduate program at UMass, I worked as an Architectural Historian at McGinley, Kalsow, and Associates, Inc., a preservation architecture firm located outside Boston.