I have traveled far: life at 9,000 feet

Well, I think I am finally acclimated to the time change here, which is pathetic because it is only 2 hours different from Williamsburg. Basically, I go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier than at home. It feels like an accomplishment. Yesterday, as a break from my research, I went on a hike and ended up accidentally walking 19.5 miles and summiting at 11,000 feet above sea level! It was a little hard to breathe.

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Exploring the CCM Division

This week I continued to work on developing the training manual for Bassett Hall.  It is not an easy task, but it has helped me quickly pick up on the rich history of Bassett Hall, the Rockefeller family, and the Restoration of Colonial Williamsburg.

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Getting to Know the Museum Family

While my third week at the Phillips Collection was mostly focused on researching museum digital strategies, my smaller projects and conversations throughout the week helped me gain a better understanding of the various groups that make up a museum. Sitting in on a Board of Trustees committee meeting helped me see how the museum’s governing body interacts with its staff, giving me a better sense of the role that the board plays in the museum’s overall functions. Working on research in the museum’s library introduced me to the roles of museum librarians, and the differences between museum libraries and typical libraries. This week I also learned about the unique position of Museum Assistant (MA) at the Phillips Collection, and how it ties back to the museum’s founding ideals. Learning about various museum positions on both general and individual levels showed me not only how many different members of the museum family exist, but also how theses members work together to make up one seamless institution.

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Conserve, Preserve, Observe – Winterthur Week 2

I’m about to wrap up my second week interning with the Curatorial Department at Winterthur Museum, Gardens, and Library. The days have been incredibly varied – one day I uploaded multimedia files to Winterthur’s database so anyone can visually see print works in Winterthur’s collection, another day I helped the Registration Department transport boxes of recently fumigated textiles to their storage space during cataloguing and photographing, and yesterday I visited the “Gray Building” with Josh, the Furniture Curator, to record accession numbers for potential pieces to go on display in the estate in time for an upcoming furniture conference later this year. Some days I spent hours online, and others I was barely at my desk. There is some consistency in long term cataloguing projects, but also variation in unexpected duties and tasks that require venturing to new parts of the property.

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Starting New & My Literature Review: Part One

Hello world, and welcome to my hypothetical, cyberspace crib! I’ve been back in Williamsburg for one week now, and my research has been flowing without a hitch so far. My main focuses have been establishing a daily routine for myself, generating momentum for my literature review, and learning how to manage, and ultimately analyze, the psychophysiological data I have collected in the past year.

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