Meghan is based in Maryland and is a current student in the Master of Professional Studies Cultural and Heritage Resource Management program. She obtained her Anthropology B.S. Cum Laude from the Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2010. Her undergraduate thesis project explored the role of clothing in women’s history during the American Civil War. She participated in both historic and prehistoric era archaeology for her undergraduate field schools in Steubenville, OH and volunteered during her senior year at the university archaeology lab. In the years following her undergrad Meghan took time away from the professional field to raise her three young children. During that time, she stayed connected to her passion for anthropology through family genealogy and local history research, historic reenacting, and pursuing personal research into accurate historic clothing reproduction. Meghan hopes to use this CHRM masters to help launch her into a fulfilling career in the field that she has loved for many years.

Areas of Interest

  • Early American History
  • American and Western European clothing history: Federal, Edwardian, and Victorian Eras
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Historic Preservation
  • Interpretation
  • Community Engagement
Portner, Meghan
mportner [at]