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Archive of: Volunteer and Intern Bloggers

Written by Guest Blogger in Event Spotlight Volunteer and Intern Bloggers

A Date with the Museum, by intern Joe Ruskey

As a college student I could not help but notice the lack of involvement from my demographic. Sure, the interns are college students, but college students are typically not the ones visiting the Museum, which is why it's important for them to have a date with the Museum, just as I did. On the first Tuesday of September, from 6 to 8 PM, college students will be able to get free Monical's pizza and free admission to the Museum.

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What’s in a Name? Intern reflection by Ashley White

Ashley has become all too familiar with this sight- a page from the 1900 census.

Early on in my internship I began noticing interesting items on the censuses. While many occupations are familiar even today (photographer, dressmaker, tayloress, student), there were plenty of unusual occupations that made me investigate more...

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Intern Reflections: Tarra Craig

Tarra Craig

For the longest time the response was, “probably go to grad school." But after taking a Museum Studies class at ISU and completing this internship, my answer has changed to simply “museum work."

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Using Technology to Experience History

a visitor takes a photo of the dome with her tablet

Technology has pretty much been integrated into every aspect of our daily lives. Of course, there are times when technology isn't really appropriate. (I would argue that there really is no need for a litter box that flushes.) But, despite what some might say, I think museums across the country are doing an excellent job of figuring out when to incorporate technology, and when to leave history to speak for itself.

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Important Lessons Learned in a Unique Setting

While conducting a survey in the summer haze of the WGLT concert in downtown Bloomington, I had a conversation with two excited women who had just taken a break from dancing in the street. I asked them, “What would make you visit the McLean County Museum of History again?"

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Written by Guest Blogger in Day Camp Volunteer and Intern Bloggers

Recollections of a History Careers Day Camper and Leader

My first year, starting as a camper, I was quite nervous. What if I got bored or I didn't like the staff or worse, the kids wouldn't like me? These pesky concerns remained with me until I stepped foot into the Museum.

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Intern Reflections: Jessie Sterling

I had never imagined that I would end up in a museum, but I learned in high school that I was passionate about history, its preservation, and being a part of keeping history alive.

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Written by Callie VanAntwerp in Volunteer and Intern Bloggers

History in the Making

A brief history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, and why we need to record what's happening.

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Written by Callie VanAntwerp in Museum News Volunteer and Intern Bloggers

A Short Introduction

Callie VanAntwerp

Meet MCMH's new summer volunteer blogger.

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