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Sarah Thomas

Program Manager, The Lemon Project

Thematic Areas of Research: American South, Material Culture, Architectural History, Public History
Regional Areas of Research: Early America, United States

B.A., College of William & Mary
M. ARCH.,  University of Virginia School of Architecture
M.A., College of William & Mary
Ph.D., College of William & Mary

Sarah Thomas, a native of Front Royal, earned her doctorate in history from William & Mary in 2018.  She also holds an MA in architectural history from the University of Virginia. She specializes in early American material culture, with a particular focus on the backcountry and Chesapeake regions. She also did research on enslaved African Americans owned by William & Mary during her time as the Lemon Project Fellow (2016-2017, 2017-2018). 

She worked as an architectural historian with Colonial Williamsburg’s Robert Carter House's "Building Detectives" program since 2016.  She held the Andrew W. Mellon curatorial internship in summer 2018.  She has worked at Monticello, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and Historic Annapolis and has held fellowships from the Virginia Historical Society, Winterthur Museum, Colonial Williamsburg, the Society for American Period Furniture Makers, the Decorative Arts Trust, and the Early American Industries Association. She published articles in The Chronicle and American Period Furniture.  In her spare time, she stitches and designs modern needlework projects.