My first week working in the museum I spent unpacking and condition reporting a shipment of Lewis Hine’s photographs. I then moved into working in the program Past Perfect. These two activities provided early interest in the material, and an early interest in museum work. The hands-on nature of the work I have been doing is what I have always wanted from a job rooted in history.
Seeing the Hine exhibit transform from pictures in a box to a true museum exhibit was a very rewarding experience, as I was able to see the results of my work first hand. Being able to see the reactions of the museum visitors to the photographs I helped process, hang, and make available was also a very positive and rewarding experience. This work has been very fun, and I am very excited to continue my internship and look in to a career in the field.