Monthly Archives: May 2010

Busy Busy Bee

Sorry for the lack of posts. Between moving, finishing up my internship, work, ending Spring classes, starting summer classes, and anything else and can manage to squeeze in there, I haven’t had too much time to blog. I haven’t forgotten about it though. I fully intend on a write-up of my Monticello trip, but I have a big paper to finish up in the next week or two, so that is going to have to come first. I’m working on a paper supporting the use of social media at historic sites. I’m actually planning to mention Monticello because they do such a fantastic job. Check them out if you haven’t done so:

http://twitter.com/tjmonticello

This one they just added not long ago. They tweet from Jefferson’s journals, 200 years ago to the day.

They’re also on Facebook!

For as large of an historic house as Monticello is, and for as many visitors as they get, they do a great job of interacting through social media and making it a two-way road. I hope more museums and historic sites follow their lead.

Well, that’s all I have for now. I need to read for class tomorrow. Apparently we have the hardest reading of the semester first…I guess that’s good?

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Appreciate your teachers!

So yesterday was National Teacher Day and all week is National Teacher Appreciation Week! When I posted yesterday about my getting my internship I got comments from at least three former teachers! I was so touched by this! They were teachers from middle school and even elementary school (not trying to make any of you feel old). I truly appreciate your well wishes though.

I hope everyone is thinking about the teachers you’ve had growing up that have helped you get to where you are. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for quite a few of my former teachers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

In closing, here’s a picture with my favorite teacher (aww!):

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Not to brag, but…

I secured my summer internship today! It’s here:

Photo: David Bjorgen

I know, I’d be jealous too. Seriously though, I could not be more excited. I’ve been coming to Smithsonian museums since I was a little girl, but to actually be working in one…wow. I’m so excited!! It’s going to be hard to get through these last few weeks at Sully. It will be quite the change of pace going from a small house museum to a fast-paced Smithsonian museum on the Mall. I’m actually working on a project that I worked on for a class last semester. We created banners using Adobe In Design about GPS. Mine was about who is in charge of GPS and why that is important. The banners were displayed for a few months in the museum. I’ll be working on an exhibit that is a larger version of that, developing the themes and doing a lot of research. Here is the press release for the exhibit:

http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/pressroom/releaseDetail.cfm?releaseID=223

It’s a really cool topic! I had a lot of fun researching for my banner last semester and it sounds like there will be some neat things to get into with this project. I start in June, so I’ll pretty much be going straight into it from Sully. I also am starting a class in two weeks called “Culture of Consumption in Early America.” Basically, what I’ve realized is I won’t have a break at all between now and when I finish my masters. It’s going to be a crazy eight months!

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Boxtown

I was really hoping to get started on my post about Sunday’s adventure, but instead I spent the night working on stuff for a meeting tomorrow about an internship tomorrow (I’ll be sure to update about that!) and working on some packing.

Here’s the current state of our living room:

I managed to pack up one of my bookcases tonight (the largest one), so that was an accomplishment at least. It seems like slow progress for sure though.

In other news, I gave two tours today at Sully. One was to a group of ESL students (English as a second language) and then a group of five older ladies. I feel like my tour is finally getting pretty good and I’m becoming more comfortable with it. It’s hard to believe I only have a few more weeks left there. I still have SO much work to do before I leave!

Mike and I had a very full day of history on Sunday so hopefully I’ll get that posted tomorrow because it was a lot of fun!

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Oh Virginia weather

It is crazy hot outside today. Luckily I got to spend my Saturday indoors organizing files! Hooray!

I can’t complain about making a little extra cash though! Anyways, off to Harrisonburg for the rest of the weekend. So I leave you with a nice little comic from Natalie Dee:

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