Learning on the Job, Part II-B

Trailheads Part II-B is a continuation of this week's post about interns on the Trails of History (which is a continuation of last week's post about interns on the Trails of History--are you starting to feel that you're in an Escher drawing?). My thanks to Cindy Kirby-Reedy, who was essentially a guest blogger for this part.

Jessica Wieser is a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School and attends SUNY Purchase, where she is majoring in Creative Writing. This summer, she is interning at Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum’s Weathervane Museum Store. According to Mary Parelli, the store manager, Jessica has been a tremendous help with assisting customers, taking inventory and helping with merchandising.

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A sophomore at Cedarville University, Anna Fitzpatrick is pursuing a major in history and a minor in music. At Landis Valley, she is enjoying the experience of interpreting the Landis Brothers’ House and hopes to work at a living history museum after graduation. Anna's hobbies include knitting, basket making, reading, journaling, acting, hiking, and playing the piano and harp.

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Lifelong Lancaster County resident Aryel Rigano’s first exposure to the museum was in 7th grade, when she participated in the year-long Landis Valley Project. She is currently a sophomore at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is pursuing a major in anthropology and a minor in museum studies, with the intent of becoming a forensic anthropologist. As an intern at Landis Valley, Aryel interprets textile practices in the Crafts Barn and catalogues artifacts for the curatorial department.

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Intern Kristie Eshelman is assisting the collections staff and performing weekend guide duties. A resident of Middletown, New Jersey, and a sophomore history major at Grove City College (near Pittsburgh), she has Lancaster County ancestors. Kristie’s career interests at present are in library science and archival management. So far, she has organized museum co-founder Henry Landis’s issues of Engineering News, re-housed publication material for a catalog on a former fraktur exhibit, re-housed some of the museum’s older construction blueprints, helped to organize the Landis Brothers’ New York City auction catalogs, and worked on data entry and a finding aid for the 50 boxes of post cards that collections volunteer Russell Eaton has organized.

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Originally from Dover, New Jersey, Shayla Carey is a graduate of Conestoga Valley High School. She attends Kutztown University and is majoring in Professional Writing, with a minor in Pennsylvania German Studies. Shayla’s husband, Jack, volunteers at the museum, and they have two young sons, John and Matthew. Shayla splits her time at Landis Valley between interpreting the Brick Farmhouse, giving wagon rides, and weeding gardens.

Whew, that’s lot of help and good work taking place this summer. If I’ve missed anyone, please raise your hand (via the comment feature at the top of this post) and let me know.


Graeme Park said...

The Friends of Graeme Park also had an intern this summer. Rachel Smith, who is studying marketing and communications at Shippensburg, spent the summer assisting us with press releases, our site newsletter, online promotions, and more.

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