With a fellow Roanoke College intern, the O. Winston Link/Historical Society of Western Virginia has offered hands-on experience with both photographic and historical sources. The Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Ashley Webb, worked with us on setting up an exhibitions of photographs by Lewis Hine which was set to debut on Friday of my first week (my first day was 06/12). I attended the exhibit and felt a sense of pride in the parts I helped with such as lighting, hanging, and making labels for pieces. A lot more mathematics and planning goes into hanging photographs than one would assume.
The second photograph is from our Collections room in Center of the Square in downtown Roanoke. With the museum being moved out of the space, my fellow intern and I will at some point be dealing with many artifacts in this storage space. We spent much of this week soft packing framed photographs and even packaging artifacts like clothing. Ms. Webb has already informed us that we will be working with military uniforms and other textiles throughout the summer for the move. This week I also handled negatives from O. Winston Link and worked with the electronic catalog system. I very much look forward to this internship and all the skills and practices I will be familiarized with and exposed to.