Hello, my name is Matthew Smith and I am one of the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum Interns for the Summer.
I am a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s History and English programs, specializing in archaeology and preservation. My undergraduate honors thesis was titled Tensions in National Identity: Early Roman and American Stories of Peoplehood, which discussed the development of national identity through socio-cultural stories and their effects. I am particularly interested in learning how stories can influence history through community leaders; particularly, in what the clergy members read and how that in turn affected their sermons and their audience.
In the past, I have interned at the University of Massachusetts Archaeological Services and at the Poggio Civitate Field School. During the academic year, I work at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the Residential Life Student Services department. In the future, I hope to go to graduate school to study history and museum studies.
I look forward to giving tours, researching, and working at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum this summer.