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Marguerite DiGiorgio

Interests: Museum Studies, Horticultural History, Cultural Resource Management, Material CultureMarguerite stands in front of a museum object case. She has short cropped hair and pale skin.

Education: BA History, Temple University 2020’

My interest lies at a unique intersection between museum studies and horticultural work. While attending Temple University, I discovered not a deep interest in museums but also a passion for horticulture and gardening. In conjunction with my history degree, I achieved a minor in environmental horticulture. As a part of my senior year, I wrote a capstone entitled, “Breaking New Ground: The Professionalization of Women in Horticulture through the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women.” This paper analyzed how the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women, now known as the Temple University’s Ambler Campus, utilized a single-gender model to promote women into professional horticulture positions in the early 20th century. This project embodied the interconnectedness of my interests and allowed me to explore that space.

I have had the opportunity to work at several internships throughout my undergraduate career. In the summer of 2018, I worked at the Cliveden of the National Trust analyzing archeological surveys and initiating a historic plant survey to update outdated maps. In 2019, I had the opportunity to intern with both the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. At HSP, I curated a display called Rails to Rockets which commemorated the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. At Winterthur, I was trained in the nuances of gardening on a historic property and managed the garden department’s collection of landscape maps. These opportunities each introduced me to different types of historic institutions and affirmed my interest in working with historic landscapes.

Through my master’s studies at UMass, I hope to gain a better understanding of historic best practices in museums and expand my knowledge of cultural landscapes. I am excited to be here and look forward to building on my undergraduate experiences.