Sam Dinnie is an undergraduate student at Western New England University majoring in History. Under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Beagle, they are writing a senior thesis on Revolutionary patriot Joseph Hawley. Sam’s research analyzes Hawley’s significance in his own time and the role his memory played in the early republic. They interned at the Connecticut State Historic Preservation office and volunteered as a docent at Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine in East Granby, CT. Sam is now a research associate at Connecticut Landmarks and works on interpretation, public programming, and social media alongside research projects. They recently received the NEMA Board Diversity Fellowship and are a co-founder of the newly formed LGBTQ+ Museum Staff and Students group, which aims to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ museum staff and students to network, make connections, and find mutual support.