Here’s my story: I had no idea what I was going to do in college, but an Open House introduced me to Anthropology. After two years in a tiny college in Vermont studying primarily Cultural Anthropology, I transferred to a school in Rhode Island to study Cultural and Historic Preservation. It blew my mind because in one place I could study architecture and archaeology. Archaeology brought me to archaeological collections, which brought me to museum collections and from there to History Museum Studies, then a year with AmeriCorps in Ohio surveying historic properties after getting my MA threw me back into historic preservation as if I never really left.
Maybe I hadn’t.
There is plenty of overlap between the fields, and throughout my studies I’d walk around the village I lived in staring at the architecture and photographing the really neat cemetery stones.
I’m currently back in Rhode Island looking for work in a museum or historic preservation setting, and am contemplating going back to school for at least an MA in Historic Preservation. I also sit on my local Historical Cemeteries Commission.