This past weekend the Cooperstown Graduate Program invited applicants from all over the country to interview for the Class of 2015. Pictured here are a group of applicants with a CGP alumni at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and … Continue reading
Or are the museums doing it wrong?
I assisted in the completion of a planning grant proposal for the New York State Historical Association as part of my internship this past semester. It’s the education department’s hope to develop an interactive and electronic elementary textbook for New … Continue reading
Memorial to Our Confederate Soldiers, Denton, TX. Erected by the Daughters of the Confederacy. Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in the North anymore…
How are you an advocate for social justice? Under what circumstances can you be a change agent for your institution? How can museums work with students as curators and continue to open themselves up to their communities? I’m less than … Continue reading
As part of the Field Intern Program, the museum offers optional tours of different departments and collections throughout the summer. Not only are these tours a once in a lifetime opportunity, but they bring together interns from all over the museum to bond and network. Options include everything from the insect collection and rare books to the over-sized anthropology collection and reptile rooms! Did you know that the Field has its own room for keeping human remains? Today, I learned all about the half a million specimens of birds that are housed on site. The zoology department here has the fourth largest bird collection in the world! The interns and I even got to see a group of carrion beetles eat the flesh off a skeleton that was going to be preserved. Not what I was expecting at all, but for the bird curators, it’s just a normal day at the office! Just another example of the partnership between research and public institution that goes on every day at the Field.
Students from the Digital Planet teenage program got to spend a week exploring the museum, learning from experts in the field, and creating their own short films. Here, they talk with JP Brown, Associate Conservator of Anthropology, who gave a talk about the Field’s adventure into CT technology and how it can help us learn more about mummies. A bust of King Tut constructed using CT scans and a 3D artist currently resides in Images of the Afterlife, a small temporary exhibition at the Field.
I was able to observe parts of the week long program and attend a film screening where all participants showcased their shorts. Some were documentary style while others were based off television shows and music videos. Needless to say, they were definitely creative! Hats off to the Digital Learning team at the Field for hosting seven weeks of FREE technology-based programming for Chicago-area teens!