A new face at the Colleton County Museum | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 3, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 1, 2017 at 12:02 pm
By JULIE HOFF
Sean Devlin, the new cultural and historical coordinator at the Colleton County Museum, is glad he gave South Carolina another shot.
A job with Enterprise Car Rentals brought him to Walterboro from 1999-2002. He later moved on to other positions, including a stint in New York City.
He’s been back in South Carolina for 18 months now; his most recent job was at Belk department store, working in human resources.
“I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of improvements in South Carolina when I came back,” he said.
Devlin is originally from Medford, N.J., a town steeped in Colonial history, and said he’s always been intrigued by American history.
“The town I grew up in was very Colonial, and my dad was into history as well,” he said.
After first earning an associate’s degree in history, Devlin went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in international studies from West Virginia University.
When a friend told him about the position at the museum, “I looked it up on the county website and applied,” he said.
So what does a cultural and historical coordinator do?
“It’s like being an historian,” he said. “I use Digital Reel [colletonlibrary.org] to look at old issues of ‘The Press and Standard,’ I go to [historical] sites and take photos, and ask people about local history.”
He’s currently working on a project about local railroad lines, and follows up on exhibits that were “in the pipeline” when he joined the staff in August.
His goals for the museum are simple: “I’d like to see increased foot traffic and more tourists. That would help with the tax base and bring more development to Walterboro in general,” he said.
He said he’s particularly interested in industrial, transportation and business history — “railroads, auto manufacturing plants, and the origins of things that are commonplace now.”
In his free time, Devlin, the son of Patrick and the late Carol Devlin, enjoys reading, photographing cityscapes and landscapes, and learning more about architecture and antique cars.