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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

At UMass Lowell I began my undergraduate career in 2014 as a Mechanical Engineering major, but thoroughly enjoyed the study of history and made the odd choice 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.  

While in Lowell, I volunteered with Lowell National Historical Park in the Boott Cotton Mills Museum and with an affiliated organization, the Tsongas Industrial History Center (TIHC). A collaboration between Lowell National Historical Park (LNHP) and UMass Lowell, the TIHC organizes tours of National Park spaces and provides related hands-on activities for school groups grade 3-12. Upon graduation I worked in a more official capacity TIHC as a museum teacher, guiding a variety of students from across the country through science and history themed workshops and experiences. This past summer I joined Lowell National Historical Park, where I provided historical research and content for their social media pages, led boat tours of the Lowell canal system for visitors, and interpreted turbine and waterpower technology in Lowell on the Mill & Trolley tour.

These experiences have forever shaped my perception of how the public and historians/institutions should collaborate, and what they have to offer one another.