After I graduated from SLU in 2008, I spent 6 months in Decatur, Illinois at the Macon County Conservation District as an historic sites Intern. I followed that up the following year as an education intern at the New Hampshire Farm Museum. At that point, I knew I definitely wanted to make my career in the museum field, so I decided to go to graduate school for museum studies. I chose the Cooperstown Graduate Program for a variety of reasons, but mainly because it is in upstate New York and it is a generalist program, so I would learn a little bit about many different aspects of working in a museum. I am nearing the end of my first semester, and, so far, we have done a lot of really neat stuff and learned a lot, too! Each of us was assigned a local community member to interview for an hour and a half to add to the ongoing oral history project - check out http://cgpcommunitystories.org/. In October, we took a field trip to Boston where we went on behind-the-scenes tours of many of the museums there, as well as met with staff members. Just before Thanksgiving break, for our Intro to Museums course, we spent three hours in the Lippitt farmhouse kitchen learning about open-hearth cooking and creating an entire meal.
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