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Jacob Boucher

Photo of Jacob Boucher holding a microphone on a tour busM.A. Candidate

Fields: Public History
Education: B.A., History, UMass Lowell (2016) with English minor
Interests: 19th Century U.S. History, Public History, Industrial and Labor History

I began my undergraduate career at UMass Lowell in 2014 as a Mechanical Engineering major, but thoroughly enjoyed the study of history and decided to pursue a History minor. During the following year, however, I did not want to abandon my history courses and changed majors to stay in the department and have kept going since! My interests lie especially in digital history, museum work, and 19th-century American industrial history - everything from the machines to the people who work them.

This summer I attended the New England American Studies Association (NEASA) Annual Conference and presented my paper titled “Maintaining a Presence in a Changing City: The Finnish Community in Fitchburg, MA” on a panel dedicated to the discussion of established immigrant communities in New England, specifically Lowell and Fitchburg. I also completed an internship in Lowell at Lowell National Historical Park (LNHP), expanding on my past work with them. This season I focused on creating original content for social media, arranging programs in-house and with community organizations, and learning new technical skills like video editing, project direction, and Adobe Photoshop. I hope to complete my Master’s this year, return to Lowell, and then pursue a career in museum work, perhaps even in the National Park Service!