Due to the fact that I am not from the area (or from Virginia at all) the history of Roanoke never interested me until I began to handle the artifacts that make up this local history. During the process of moving the museums’s collections and the following sorting, I handled hundreds of artifacts that have deepened my appreciation for the area. Seeing the plans for Hotel Roanoke, reading over events that were held during wartime, and holding the pictures of those who made Roanoke what it is has been a special experience, and one that makes me happier to live here.
The museum’s move has also shown me the importance of remaining flexible. In this line of work one cannot become entrenched in the task one completes. Throughout the day so many changes and surprises happen that in order to do a job well done, you must remain pliable and loose. On any average day any out of the ordinary task may be asked of you, and you must have the mindset to drop a certain task in order to complete this newer, potentially more important task.