It’s hard to believe we’re already in November – meaning our fall interns will soon be wrapping up their time with us. They are wonderful additions to our team, and are all making valuable contributions to the museum.
Hearing their opinions about their internships has invited me to reflect upon my own time as an intern in this building, not too long ago. I worked with the museum’s Oral History Collection, beginning the process of finding out just what was hiding on cassette tapes of interviews conducted in the 1980s.
I recently found a paper I wrote for the internship class I was taking. Here’s what I had to say as an intern in summer 2015.
“The most rewarding aspect of my internship was getting to listen to voices that had been virtually silent for nearly 30 years. Through the tapes, I was able to hear about the lives of individuals who died before I was born, with their own voices. It is fairly commonplace to read documents from these individuals, but the act of hearing them was absolutely remarkable to me.”
It’s so interesting to look back at how in awe of the experience I was. I find it especially interesting because now, I’m living the life I saw for myself back then. And I’m experiencing that same kind of magic on a regular basis. Working directly with the archive is no longer an anomaly – it’s everyday life.
I hope I’m giving the interns I mentor the opportunity capture a little bit of that magic for themselves, and that they’ll continue to pursue it in the future.