Megan Cooper

Megan Cooper

Megan Cooper is a content writer from Charlotte, North Carolina. She has a M.A.S. in Film and Media Studies from Arizona State University and a B.S. in Public History from Appalachian State University. Utilizing her historical training, she has contributed to several academic institutions and cultural publications including My Modern Met, Girl Museum Inc., the Walker Local and Family History Center, and the National Park Service.


As a trained historian, Megan has always had a passion for the material culture of the past and has cultivated a unique expertise in antiques, particularly those dating from the 20th century. She has a fondness for antiques and vintage items pertaining to the Cold War Era as well as those from film and music history. Pieces from her personal collection include early 20th century lithographs, antique Kodak and Polaroid cameras, and various mid-century household goods, advertisements, and prints.

Gender & Women’s History

Another of Megan’s passions lies in researching historic gender roles and how the people of the past used fashion and style to express their gender identities. She’s written for History Matters about Sean Connery’s portrayal of James Bond’s impact on British masculinity in the 1960s, and has also helped research sites of girlhood for Exploring American Girlhood through 50 Historic Treasures, which is currently available for purchase.


Fascinated by cocktail history and armed with the knowledge gained from her Barsmarts Spirits and Mixology Certification, Megan works towards demystifying mixology for the casual cocktail lover and amateur mixologist. She focuses on taking classic cocktails and making them accessible for anyone to be able to enjoy at home.

More About Megan Cooper

Visit the collaborative blog To Doing Things for more of Megan’s work.

Most Recent Contributions by Megan Cooper

75+ Russian Last Names Rich in Meaning

Coming up with convincing character names can feel like an impossible feat sometimes, especially if they're not from your home country. Yet, ... Read More

Collectible Collier's Encyclopedia: About the Household Favorite

For the longest time, it was compulsory for people to have at least one set of encyclopedias in their homes, and if you happen to have one o ... Read More

Collectible Cue Sticks: What to Look For + More Resources

Cue sticks are an unusual game collectible that can turn into a rewarding, and lucrative, hobby. Certain collectible pool cues are very valu ... Read More

Halloween Costumes From Your Closet: Whip Up a DIY

It feels sacrilegious to celebrate Halloween without dressing up. Even if you're a de facto, last-minute reveler, you too can whip up an awa ... Read More

Rare Matchbox Cars: Where They Started and Where They Are Now

An unusually colored sea green 1966 Opel Diplomat, a 1968 crane truck with a 360-degree swing arm radius, and a Swinging London double-decke ... Read More

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