Emily England, junior history major and museum studies minor, has nicely provided a "what I did for my summer vacation" report. We can only hope all history majors find such fun to do in Decorah!
She writes, "This past summer, I interned at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in partnership with Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area. I inventoried the third floor of the Vesterheim’s historic mill, which was full of wood planes, shoe-making equipment, and agricultural implements. The inventory consisted of identifying objects by number (when possible and sifting through PastPerfect records and old files when the numbers were illegible or nonexistent), cleaning and then photographing the objects, recording location and condition notes, and then updating that information in the objects’ records on PastPerfect. At one point, we found several hundred items in a collection that had never been entirely cataloged and cataloged them all and created records in PastPerfect.
"At the Porter House, I experienced a different side to museum work as a docent, giving tours. I also spent some time cataloging objects and then toward the end of the summer, planning for a rehousing and cataloging project of the Porter photograph collection (made up of prints, glass plate negatives, and slide reproductions) that will take place this fall. I also worked as a research assistant on campus for Professor Lauren Kientz Anderson. I did some research on W.E.B. Du Bois leaving the NAACP in 1934 and created a finding aid for the documents she found in overseas archives."