Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Today, all of the interns arrived at the Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center (HRC) at 8:00 AM for orientation. This was supposed to be our first day of work, but only one of the interns’ security background check had passed, so we were given our intern handbooks, a tour of the facility, and brought to get decals for our vehicles so we can enter the park after work every day.
I was really impressed with the HRC facility. The museum storage space is amazing and the collection is really wonderful. I am really excited to work with it and I know I am going to learn a lot. I am most excited about the variety of objects in the museum collection. They have a lot of artwork, including over 20 original Thomas Moran watercolors of the park, early photographs and posters of the park, and a large postcard collection. There is also a sizeable collection of natural history specimens, including taxidermied animals, animal skeletons, and wet specimens. They have a fantastic collection of furniture from the park’s historic hotels, many of which no longer exist. I am especially excited to work with their collection of Native American objects.
The interns will be working collaboratively to create a new exhibit for the lobby of the HRC, a project I am really excited about. There is a large backlog of objects that need to be accessioned, and a postcard collection that needs to be digitized. I know I am going to have a great experience here this summer, and can’t wait to begin!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
"Spark" was created by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance in cooperation with the American Association of Museums.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
- Cataloging objects
- Scanning historic photographs and logging them into the ANCS+ collections database
- Interpreting exhibits and giving tours of the storage areas
- Working on rotating exhibits for the museum space
- Performing collections management work for the museums in the park's interior
- Meeting with other branch staff (historian, archivist, librarian, anthropologist, historic architect, archaeologist, wildlife biologist, fisheries staff, biologist)
- Working with five other interns (one museum intern, two library interns, and two archival interns)