This afternoon as I was taking an extended break from my essay and re-designing my blog I came across photos from my year at college so I decided to do an entry on what to date has been one of the most interesting and challenging years of my life! For those of you who don’t know my beginnings in museum work this may interest you, for those of you who do, I invite you to relive some great memories with me!
My first experience working in a museum was through my year of study at Fleming College, in the MMC program. Although as some unfortunate members of my class (who were living on campus) found out our classes weren’t actually held at the college, in fact they were at the opposite end of town. For anyone who has dealt with bus systems in a small city you will understand the frustration this caused! On the plus side we had a great bus driver (the same one everyday) who by second semester recognized all of us and would drop us off at the top of Armour hill, in a rather sleepy state to pick up the keys and make our way carefully down the snow covered hill to our portable.
Of course I am getting ahead of myself I promised some memories so here is a somewhat chronological rundown of my favourites!
1. The first day . . . how many of us were from Trent?! Vicki you will appreciate this!
2. Our first week and the trip to Lang Pioneer Village. . . of course trying to be fashionable at a pioneer village is just an awful idea, especially when you get your heal stuck in the boardwalk (yes that was me – how embarrassing)
3. Team building . . . apparently the “had a little sports car v-48” skipping rhyme doesn’t work when there are 14 people trying to jump-rope at the same time.
4. Museum nerd night at Riley’s . . . Jordan and his Mickey Mouse hands, oh how we love white cotton gloves!
5. Math for museums . . . poor John trying to teach a class primarily made up of historians how to do double entry bookkeeping . . . yuck!!!
6. Breaking terracotta pots, (re-breaking them in some cases) and gluing them back together – mine is still holding pencils on my desk and has made it through two moving days.
7. “Popcorn” . . . the song to the promotional video for the program – Caillin and Vicki you remember that day!?
8. Conservation/Preservation of books, my first experience with “red rot”, I ended up with a rust read blotch on my sweater!
9. Mount making 101, if I remember correctly our instructor was from CCI, I’ve never seen someone so adept with a blow torch!
10. “Birch Bark to Green Parks” at the PCMA, although it was a full year project involving design, research and construction, some of the highlights were the log driver video (Jordan that was genius), painting – which I’m sure we are all experts at now, canoe moving in small spaces, and of course the opening!
To those of you who shared the year with me thanks for making it great! Congratulations to all of you who have found jobs in the field, I know it isn’t easy but it is definitely worth every moment!
To my new Public History M.A. classmates, I look forward to a great year with you building new memories and sharing laughs along the way . . .