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Perri Meldon

M.A. Candidate
Headshot of Perri Meldon in a field

Fields: Public History, Modern US, Modern Europe
Education: B.A., History, Tufts University
Interests: Disability History, Memorialization, Historic Preservation, Cultural Landscapes

As a  public historian-in-training, I combine my love of public lands with my experience as a caregiver for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. In addition to this social work, I have served various posts with the National Park Service, including as an interpretive guide and volunteer archivist. In 2017, I researched and wrote a series of online disability history articles for the NPS, and in 2018 my article "Disability and Place" appeared on the American Historical Association's Perspectives blog. I have also assisted in exhibit design, oral histories, and memorialization projects with local organizations. In January 2019, I currently work as project manager for the Cambridge Historical Society in Cambridge, MA, fostering community partnerships and helping the residents of Cambridge make connections with local history. 

My M.A. thesis is tentatively titled "Interpreting Access: History of the National Park Service Accessibility Program."

pmeldon@umass.edu