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Meghan P White

Meghan P White

Museum Interpreter

Historic Charleston Foundation

MS Candidate of Historic Preservation

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Historic Charleston Foundation

Museum Interpreter

I work as a docent at the Aiken Rhett House in Charleston. Built c. 1820, the house remained in the same family for 140 years, thus uniquely preserving its original appearance for today. In addition to answering visitors' questions and completing miscellaneous tasks, I encourage visitors to consider the pros and cons of preservation versus restoration in historic structures.

There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere --Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
In the Field
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Working at Pompion Hill Graveyard

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The Spire at Mount Vernon

a 1,000 yr old cypress tree contributed to the new spire! Amazing to see!

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Investigations with Carl Lounsbury

Establishing building campaigns

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KKBE Cemetery

Cleaning and repairing stones at a Jewish cemetery in Charleston

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Reglazing Windows

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First Day at Mount Vernon

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The Battery at Fort Moultrie

I volunteered to help the NPS restore the battery by reapplying tar to reseal the structure

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Book Binding

We got a chance to learn how to bind books and the processes and chemicals used to preserve them.

Snapshots of Tangible History
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Roper House, c. 1838

One of the most extensive collection of Neoclassical furniture.

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1,000 Year Flood

Delaying the inevitable is a necessary but bittersweet part of the job.

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Dovetail at Monticello

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George Washington's Stable c. 1782

The catalyst for my thesis

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Geek Out!

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Hobcaw Barony

Presonomics

Research Intern

Presonomics is a fantastic organization that aims to collect all of the published data concerning the benefits of economics relating to historic preservation into one searchable database for both professionals and laypeople to use. I contributed to this database by independently researching and gathering information pertaining to economics and preservation.

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Career
If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it’s your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life. --Charles Bukowski

Clemson University/College of Charleston

MS, Historic Preservation & Conservation

In two (much too short) years, I learned to document, evaluate, interpret, and conserve the historic built environment. The diverse set of skills I acquired opened literal doors to wonderful "laboratories" in Charleston and its neighboring surroundings to practice in context. I look forward to beginning a career that combines my love for history, architecture, and art.

Elon University

BA, History, art history, English literature, classical studies

Through Elon, I spent one month in Ireland with fellow Elon students and a semester at The University of St Andrews in Scotland. Combined with my time on Elon's beautiful campus and in AOII, these experiences strengthened my desire for travel and learning and allowed for me to adapt to situations out of my control. Not the typical college experience, but an unforgettable one!

George Washington's Mount Vernon

Mid-West Tool Collectors Association (M-WTCA) Intern

I was able to demonstrate my skills of research, writing, and on-site documentation involving Mount Vernon's stable. Experiencing what it is like to work in the preservation department at a widely known tourist attraction gave me insight to apply to my career following graduation. I'd love to work at a place where I can establish long- and short-term preservation goals.

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Intern

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