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Marilyn Marjory Drath

Public History


Marilyn is a doctoral candidate who is passionate about preserving the built environment. Her dissertation investigates the decisions made by state and local officials to preserve the sites and landscapes associated with world’s fairs held between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her research draws on previous graduate work in urban planning and looks at the intersection of urban history, historic preservation, memory, and the built legacy of cultural mega events.

While working on her PhD in Public History, Marilyn is concurrently pursuing the Teaching & Communication Certificate, a program of the NC State Graduate School.

In 2018, she completed the ARCUS Preservation Fellowship program, a joint effort of Preservation 50 and Cultural Heritage Partners, that trains preservation leaders in tribal preservation, grassroots organizing, and nonprofit management. In 2019, Marilyn participated in the National Humanities Center’s Graduate Student Summer Residency Program which focused on incorporating geospatial technologies and spatial thinking into the classroom and creating open educational resources.

In addition to her work in public history and preservation, Marilyn has undertaken projects at the North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, Preservation North Carolina, Chicago History Museum, and Chicago Children’s Museum. She enjoys volunteering and is a current docent at the North Carolina Museum of History, helping guests of all ages connect with the state’s history.


  • M.U.P in Community, Economic, & Real Estate Development Planning from University of Michigan, 2012
  • Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University, 2012
  • A.B. in History from University of Michigan, 2009