Hi, I’m Cameron!

Hello everyone! I’m Cameron Sandlin, I’m a first year Public History MA. I’m originally from Memphis, TN, but I moved overseas when I was young and spent a good part of my life over there. I lived in Romania and France, and bounced around a bit while there. Somehow, after graduating high school in France, I ended back in my hometown for undergrad and went to Rhodes College. It was a weird coincidence, but it turned out really well!

GIF of Kronk from The Emperor's New Groove pulling down a map illustrating different paths and saying "By all accounts, it doesn't make any sense."

I already loved history after growing up in Memphis and then being surrounded by centuries worth of history on a daily basis, but it was during my undergrad that I discovered my academic interest in history. My research interests vary, but I’ve mostly focused on European history and queer history. I got my BA in History/International Studies and German. I also got to spend a year abroad in Tübingen, Germany. Tübingen is great, and I definitely recommend visiting during the International Chocolate Festival or the annual boat race on the Neckarbrücke.

The entire town goes to the river to watch the costume contest and then the race. There were so many people that phone service crashed and it was impossible to find anyone.

While at Rhodes, I found out about a Public History concentration in the History Department. I did archival internships at the Memphis Public Library and OutMemphis, Memphis’s LGBTQ center. In the end, it turns out I somehow wasn’t eligible for the concentration because of my bridge major (the typical administrative nonsense), but I had already gotten interested and involved in Public History, so it all snowballed from there. And now here I am! I’m making my way through the Public History MA program and working at President Lincoln’s Cottage.

As digital history is becoming more and more important and is a valuable resource in the effort to make history accessible to as many people as possible, I’m looking forward to learning more about the theories, skills, and tricks of the trade.

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