There is a lot happening at The Salem Museum right now. The other interns are face lifting two of the permanent exhibits and I am up to my elbows in research. I have been researching Andrew Lewis Track teams and working on new drafts of my older write-ups for the last couple of weeks, but only when I am not busy helping with the other exhibits. The interns have been busy with everything from moving display cases and furniture to figuring out floor and wall placement of signs, cases, etc.
I had one of my coolest experiences during this time though. On Fridays, the museum’s research library is open to the public and there is a group of volunteers who work in there all day. This particular Friday we had a visitor from Ohio who had a relative that was stationed at a local POW Camp near Salem. During World War II they held German soldiers at a local camp between Salem and Catawba. The Germans would create furniture and wooden artwork, and they would paint paintings while at the camp. This visitor had a wooden box made by one of the prisoners and a wooden handled knife decorated by another prisoner, which the library workers took photos of for our collection. He donated two paintings he had that the Germans made depicting fruits. He also brought his relative’s photo album that we were allowed to scan pictures from. This is what I helped with, I got to scan all of these old photos while the gentleman and the workers discussed different stories from this camp that I did not know existed before that day. It was a very unique experience and I am so glad I was included in their conversation and project.