Tyler Croteau: Sharing His Love for History and Politics at the Wyman Tavern
Rising senior and honors student Tyler Croteau’s interests and enthusiasm sees him involved with many facets of life on campus and off, and gaining him some important professional experience. “I could not be more thankful for the resources the college has provided me to advance my career,” he said. “I’ve worked on campus for the ROCK’s Program; I’ve also been a peer tutor, academic coach, and resident assistant for the Links Program. The work experience has been invaluable. On top of that, I was awarded a global engagement scholarship my sophomore year that allowed me to travel to Poland and Romania to learn about the transitions of post-Communist societies, which is an experience that I would have never had if I had not been a student here.”
Croteau, a dual history/political science major who hails from Derry, NH, is on campus this summer, working as an intern at the Cheshire County Historical Society’s Wyman Tavern. Built in 1762, the Tavern is considered Cheshire County’s most historic building, and it’s the perfect outlet for Croteau’s interests. He claims he landed the job due to his work as a teaching assistant in Dr. Graham Warder’s Reading and Writing and History class.
Early in the internship, Croteau and Jennifer Carroll, the director of education at the Historical Society, came up with the idea for the three-part “Tavern Lecture Series” that’s taking place this month. History Lecturer John Lund gave the first talk in the series, “Race in Revolutionary America,” on August 3rd, and Dr. Warder will give the second, “Loyalists in Revolutionary America,” on August 17th. Croteau will offer the third in the series, “The Tavern and Revolutionary Politics,” which will focus on the the role of taverns in the American colonies and how their influence as social centers in New England communities contributed to crucial political discourse and the shaping of both revolutionary and loyalist ideologies.
And Croteau is thinking hard about the future. “My dream post graduation has always been grad school for history, focusing on public history and archiving, or law school, focusing on Constitutional law,” he explained. He’s looking at working as a paralegal to gain the experience and money he’ll need to go to law school. “I am also looking at positions in historical museums around New England, as I really do have a passion for the work I do at the tavern. Helping people young and old learn about historical events that took place right down the street and watching them have fun, learn, and become engaged with artifacts and stories of the past is such an incredibly cool summer job.”