Sara Casazza's Internship at the Rochester Museum & Science Center
Working as a collections storage renovations intern, I spent the summer cleaning, re-housing, and documenting different objects from collections at the Rochester [New York] Museum & Science Center. I had the opportunity to work with a variety of museum pieces such as zoological specimens, ethnological objects, household textiles, and art collections. Being a history major at St. Lawrence prepared me well for this internship. Taking classes in the History department gave me the ability to easily evaluate and interpret primary and secondary sources that I came into contact with every day at the museum. Knowing how to conduct efficient historical research also was crucial when working on other projects for the museum, as it helped me provide the historical context of a piece and also decide whether the museum should acquire new objects. One of my especially interesting research tasks focused on understanding the historical value of racially insensitive artwork from early twentieth-century Rochester.