The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that the University of Pennsylvania School of Design has accepted Undergraduate Fellow Eryn Boyce for graduate study.  Beginning in the fall, Ms. Boyce will be seeking a Master of Science Degree in Historic Preservation.  The University of Pennsylvania’s program in historic preservation is considered by many to be the best in the United States.

AHI Undergraduate Fellow Eryn Boyce

Ms. Boyce, from North Wales, Pennsylvania, graduated from Hamilton College in 2013, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.  She majored in history, received honors, and was awarded the Putnam Prize for exceptional work in American history.  AHI Charter Fellow Robert Paquette supervised her senior thesis on Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930), a pioneering archaeologist and social historian.  Mercer, a major figure in the American Arts and Crafts Movement, innovatively combined reinforced concrete and decorative ceramic tiles in building Fonthill, a castle that served as Mercer’s home until his death and is now a museum and National Historic Landmark.

“Eryn Boyce is a gifted young scholar with eclectic interests, much like the Renaissance man to whom she devoted her senior thesis,” observed Paquette.  “She writes well and digs deeply into her sources to extract precious nuggets of information.  The AHI benefited from her presence and the quality of her conversations.  Given her intelligence and passion for historic preservation, she has a real shot at being a major player in her field.”