News from Our Public History Program (6 Sept 2016)

Public History majors who completed internships during the summer ’16 semester include Sierra Trowbridge, who was the first placement our Program has had at Ball State’s David Owsley Museum of Art. Sierra has served as a docent (volunteer gallery guide) at the Museum for the past two years, which led to Tania Said, Director of Education, and Cathy Bretz, Education Program Coordinator, to offer her a paid position to assist in programming and community outreach.

Ariel Wagner became our second placement in the past three summers at Mounds State Park in Anderson, Ind. where she served as a paid interpretive naturalist who focused on combining cultural history with the park’s traditional emphasis on natural history. To that end Ariel created more than a dozen programs which she presented both in the Park’s interpretive center and Bronnenberg historic house museum or led with groups on the Park’s numerous trails. Kelley Morgan, chief interpretive naturalist and her site supervisor, was so pleased with Ariel’s performance that she hired her as a part-time seasonal interpreter for the fall semester.

Both Sierra and Ariel will complete their Bachelor’s degrees in December.

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