Megan Weiss is pursuing an MA in US History with a Public History Certificate. Her area of interest is Utah pioneer history and its intersections with race, gender, and material culture. She has worked in the field of public history in Utah for a little over three years and is currently the Collections Manager/Curatorial Assistant at Fort Douglas Military Museum. She is also a volunteer at the Salt Lake County Archives and a docent at the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum.
Her project proposes to explore how 3D modeling and printing provides an opportunity to create replica digital and physical artifacts of historical material. By scanning, digitally representing, and materially producing replicas, her project aims to provide possibilities for museums and special collections to use digital humanities to deal with practical-use problems. With 3D printed replica artifacts that would fill “The Utah History Treasure Chest” for travel from school to school, the goal of this project is to bring Utah history to life for kids and teach them about material culture, object preservation, collections care, 3D printing technology, and Utah history in general.