Caris Windhausen (University Library Systems-Special Collections)
I work in the University Special Collections Department at the Hillman Library helping to develop two exhibits and their accompanying materials. The city of Pittsburgh is turning 200 years old this semester (March 2016), so we’re working to bring together some of the most interesting people (past and present) who’ve had an opinion about the Steel City and left behind books, letters, and more for us to share. Then, towards summer, we’re helping to celebrate Europe Day 2016 with a collection of unique and beautiful children’s books.
To make sure as many people can experience these exhibits as possible, I’ll be putting together online Lib-Guides. These content-rich subject guides act as a record of each exhibit as well as a springboard for further research.
Rich Moore (Soldiers & Sailors Museum)
My internship at Soldiers and Sailors is divided into two main aspects of the museum context; curation and education. I have spent time assisting with the acquisition, identification, cataloging and archiving of a wide range of artifacts donated to the museum. My internship has also covered educational events, such as veteran’s visits and off-site presentations.
Because of physical space limitations not all artifacts can be displayed in the Hall, so Soldiers and Sailors has developed a program to compile artifacts that would not normally be displayed, into traveling displays than can be loaned to other institutions. Both curation and education are key to any museum and I have been fortunate to experience elements of both at Soldiers and Sailors.