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Perri Meldon

M.A. CandidateHeadshot of Perri Meldon in a field

Fields: Public History, Disability History, Modern US History, European History
Education: B.A., History, Tufts Univeristy
Interests: National Park Service, memorialization

As an undergraduate at Tufts University, I wrote a thesis entitled “The Soul and the Soil: The Development of Therapeutic Agriculture in 19th-Century America.” This research inspired the work I would do in the following years. From 2013-2016, I lived with and worked alongside adults with developmental disabilities in both the US and Germany.

In addition to this social work, I have held various posts with the National Park Service. I worked as an interpretative guide at the Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters in Massachusetts during my undergraduate years and later as an intern with the NPS Cultural Resources Office of Interpretation and Education in DC. In the summer of 2017, I had the privilege of writing the NPS Telling All Americans’ Stories Disability History series.

My research interests focus on how we can effectively share untold stories for the public. I’m intrigued by narrative and the ways we choose to interpret and depict stories. I am also interested in accessibility, memorialization, and exhibit design. I look forward to exploring these matters further as part of the UMass Public History Program.

pmeldon@umass.edu