Southeast Missouri State University

Historic Preservation Major Serving as Archivist with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

College of Liberal Arts (Department of History)
Molly McMurphy

Molly McMurphy, Southeast Missouri State University historic preservation major from Sullivan, Mo., is interning as an archivist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in St. Louis.

Molly, who has a double-minor in anthropology and German, is working in the archival laboratory, where she processes parts of a large collection of records and conserves paper documents and photographic materials.

“I’m getting a lot of practical experience from this internship, which I know will help me to secure a job after graduation,” she said.

After graduating, Molly said she is excited to experience life as a professional, although she may eventually attend graduate school for historic preservation or library science.

“I feel content to take on the world armed with my experience,” she said.

She has gained quite a professional background since beginning her studies at Southeast. Aside from her internship, Molly worked at the Kent Library Archives. She said she feels her jobs coupled with the knowledge she has received from her professors have prepared her for a successful future.

In her free time, Molly enjoys hanging out with her boyfriend, a fellow historic preservation major, and playing with her dog, Thor. In Cape Girardeau’s historic downtown area, she lounges at coffee houses, goes for walks and explores shops.

“This is a great place to meet some great people,” she said.

Molly said she also enjoys traveling and has become especially fond of the Southwest. As a part of her German curriculum, Molly had the opportunity to take a winter trip to Germanyᾰher first time outside the United States. She said she looks forward to many more European adventures in the future.

“Have fun!” Molly advises future Southeast students. “Talk to lots of people, because some of your best friendships and most important connections are formed at this stage in your life and educational career. Do your homework, finish your projects on time and don’t be afraid to talk to your teachers outside of class.”