Meggan McCarthy is a graduate student in the Department of Art History at the Florida State University. She is an art historian and public historian focused on the built environment. She studies the history and historiography of architecture, garden design, landscape architecture and urban planning with special interests in historic homes and gardens. Her research is dedicated to learning how communities remember and interpret physical spaces within the context of social history. Topics of interest include the interpretation of historic buildings – especially house museums – within changing urban landscapes, architectural memory in the post-bellum south, the landscape designs of Ellen Biddle Shipman, regional architecture and identity, the preservation of early and mid-century modern architecture, historic preservation, cultural resource management, and community memory.
Meggan will complete a Master of Arts in Art History at the Florida State University (FSU) in May 2019. During her time at FSU she has held an appointment as a graduate assistant preparing images for archives and instructional purposes. Meggan also serves as Vice President of the Art History Association (AHA) and helped to organize the 36th Annual Graduate Symposium hosting visiting scholars from eleven universities presenting original scholarship on diverse topics. Under the general supervision of Dr. Robert Neuman she has completed coursework leading to applied research examining the preservation and restoration of the Shipman Garden at the Cummer Museum; the legacy of the Sarasota School of Architecture; the vernacular architecture of Sapelo Island, Georgia; and memory of the landscaped spaces, including those of the enslaved, at Goodwood Plantation in Tallahassee, Florida. Meggan also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from FSU.
In August 2019 Meggan will begin the doctoral program in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). She will also begin a graduate assistantship with the Center for Historic Preservation.