Congratulations to the inaugural America250 Award recipients! Learn more about them.

Megan Springate is the director of engagement for the America250 Foundation where she drives its efforts to make America’s complex, expansive histories–from local to national–accessible and meaningful to all. To do this, Springate and her team work collaboratively across America250, external communities, and partners to foster communication, teaching, learning, and engagement with America’s past and its future.

Springate comes to America250 from the National Park Service, where she served as national coordinator for the successful National Park Service 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration. She has received several awards for her work, including the 2021 John Cotter Award from the Society for Historical Archaeology. Her publications include LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History (2016, National Park Foundation and National Park Service); co-editor of Preservation and Place; Identities and Place; and Communities and Place with Katherine Crawford-Lackey (Berghahn Press, 2019 and 2020); and Coffin Hardware in Nineteenth Century America (2016, Routledge). She is also the author of several articles online and in print.

Springate earned her doctorate in anthropology from the University of Maryland and her bachelor’s degree in arts and science and bachelor’s degree in anthropology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.