Fellow interns at the museum!
Telling people you work at a museum always gets some good reactions. People are generally interested, but overall confused at what happens at museums. Thus, they either ask if you are the curator or a docent. Little do most people know there are a whole host of in between jobs! Like education, taking care of the museum collection (like objects and photos), exhibit development, development (as in fundraising kind of fun), or administration. I am hoping for some sort of education/exhibit combo full time, permanent job in the future. But, as for what I have been doing so far this summer...
- Research for potential brochure text about a temporary exhibit on music in Park City that the museum developed
- Tasks related to the Historic Home tour (such as making posters, helping with a silent auction, and putting up LOTS of purple, yellow, and gold ribbons on historic houses in Park City)
- Helping out with school tours! I gain an energy from people in general, and kids in particular.
- Giving the occasional (generally last minute because a volunteer didn't show up) walking tour of historic Main Street in Park City.
- Proofread exhibit text.
- Help install exhibit (and see duct tape put to use in the process of exhibit install...love it!)
- Put my emerging Photoshop skills to use by cleaning up building maps so people can actually read them and use them for something other than constructing a building.
- Play with the cutest Latino kids in outreach!
- Set insect traps throughout the museum.
- Man the front desk and welcome to the museum duties.
- Wrote a little column for a weekly thing the museum does in the local paper--"The Way We Were" which highlights some historic photograph and a writeup of what's going on, history, etc. I did mine on railroads. Ha... recycled a bit of info from my research paper from my American Photography class.
- And... going through, sorting, organizing, and filing lots and lots of dusty mining papers from the New Park Mining Company that were saved when Keetly Utah disappeared under the Jordanelle Reservoir. I am learning that archival organizing isn't the same as organizing at home. For instance, you aren't suppose to stuff as so much stuff into a folder that it begins to burst at the seams. Who knew? Not me...but I know now!
- Often, I wear flip flops, t-shirts, and jeans to work. Yep... I am not in DC any longer.
This is the Territorial Jail. Supposedly 11 people died down there and I am seriously waiting to see a ghost. Can't wait for it to happen! (And the skier subway--trying to use mining tunnels to transport skiers. I can't imagine why this didn't catch on!)
All photos taken from Park City Museum's Facebook Page.
I am not high tech enough on how to do this properly, maybe I will learn. Maybe this is the right way, I'm not sure.
Museum website: http://www.parkcityhistory.org/
[Note: There is a photo of me. I know... my last blog was void of pictures of me. I am going to try and be brave and put my face out there.]