News from Our Public History Program by Director Michael Doyle

We have two Public History majors interning this spring semester, both of them at sites that are new hosts of students from our Program.  Abby Kaicy is based at the Indiana State Police Museum in Indianapolis, where she is assisting curator Lauren Baker with cataloguing objects and documents.  Rishad Readus, who is concurrently completing his Reserve Officer Training Corps requirements, accepted an all-expenses-paid internship at the General George Patton Museum of Leadership, located at Fort Knox, Kent.  He is assisting director Alice Hart with curatorial, exhibition, and museum education tasks.

We have good news on the employment front for a pair of our summer-/fall-semester interns.  and Shelbi Long (B.S. ‘15) completed her internship at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology under the supervision of PHP alumna Jeannie Regan-Dinius (BA, ‘93), the Director of Special Initiatives, and was immediately offered a contract position, which she accepted.  Mitchell Knigga had a similar experience. He finished his internship late last fall at Ball State University Libraries’ Drawings + Documents Archive, located in the College of Architecture and Planning, and was promptly hired into a part-time position there to continue working, but now for pay.

One of our PHP alumni, Lukas Ramey (B.S. ‘14), was recently hired as Museum Educator at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis, which preserves the house that Harrison lived in before and after he served in the oval office.  Lukas did his internship there in fall 2014 during which he developed a smart-phone walking tour app that interprets the surrounding historic neighborhood.  He also developed two educational programs for middle-school students, one that teaches math and geography skills by tracing Harrison’s early 1890s cross-country trip by rail and the other on Indiana history, entitled Crossroads of America.  The museum’s executive director was convinced by his examination of Lukas’s internship portfolio that he was exceptionally well qualified for the position.

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