Providing Simpson students with real world experience in the realm of public history and assisting other organizations in their Iowa history programming, the Iowa History Center has developed a number of internships for students in local public history settings. Students interested in applying for these internships should fill out an Internship Application Form.
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I am interning at Salisbury House this semester and am participating in all aspects of a small museum. I started working on the cataloging program and helped organize the museum’s extensive object and book collection. As the semester went on, I began giving tours and learned about how the Salisbury House Foundation chooses to interpret the story of this home. Currently, I have been doing my own research in the files and photo albums of the Weeks family, who built and owned the home, to create an exhibit proposal. This internship has given me an interesting behind-the-scenes look at how a small museum works and provided me with experiences I would not have had in the classroom.
At the Salisbury House I am learning new skills that will better my understanding of what it takes to catalog, store and clean items; understand placement for different artifacts in the house based on the period that is chosen to be represented in the House’s life; as well as giving tours of Salisbury House.
I am learning how to apply what I learned in the classroom as well as from the department, to understand the concept of Public History and how it differs from teaching or working at the college level with history. These skills are a small scratch on the surface of what it takes to understand the logistics of running a Historical House, but the current Curator, Megan Stout-Sibbel, is fantastic at answering any questions and providing ways to learn these skills. Having an Internship through Simpson has really solidified my reasoning behind being a History Major and has brought a good sense of direction of what I am to do with my career path when I graduate.