First of all, I am very happy to announce that I successfully defended my thesis! I spent the month of May making revisions and preparing for my defense, all of which paid off last week. Now I simply have some paperwork to submit before my graduate school experience is officially over. I learned so much over the last 2 years about what it means to be a public historian and I’m immensely grateful to so many people for making the experience so meaningful, both professors and fellow students, as well as public historians working in the city of Wilmington that supervised internships, partnered with the program on projects, or participated in my education in a number of ways. Thank you all!
While I finished up my thesis I continued working at the Bellamy Mansion, organizing the archives and accessioning new artifacts. I am continuing that work there this summer. So far I have condensed the collection by at least 4 banker’s boxes, working to remove duplicates and items that fall outside of the museum’s collecting parameters. The paper materials largely consist of institutional records of the museum, such as event materials, newsletters, and clippings about the museum. However, there are also historical documents from the Bellamy family. In addition to organizing and preserving these materials, I also research questions as they come up and write articles for the volunteer newsletter about new objects, new research, or current exhibits at the Bellamy.
I have added a part-time, temporary position back at University Archives for the summer as well. For the month of June I am again working in the archives on a number of different things. So far I have assisted with photographing the object collection and I de-installed the exhibit on the history of Honors that I curated back in February. I am also working to finish processing a collection I began during the spring semester.
While I very much enjoy my work in the Bellamy’s and University archives, I am on the market to find a full-time position in the field of public history, preferably in museum collections; however, I’m open to a broader range of positions. I would love to work with tangible objects from the past, organize and care for them, and assist in their interpretation and display. Wish me luck in the job search!