Hello everyone, my name is Erin Hayden and I have been an intern here at the Elkhart County Historical Museum for a few months now. I love it here and have gotten to do many interesting things that not only fascinate me, but will give me a lot of experience for the future. I am going into my senior year at Indiana University-Perdue University Fort Wayne this year with a major in anthropology and minor in creative writing. I was born and raised in Elkhart so I have always known about this museum but never thought I would end up being here and learning as much as I have.
Throughout the past few months I have gotten to do quite a few interesting projects that I will be able to put on my resume. The first project was putting together the display case that is located in what is now the quilt exhibit; this was especially interesting for me because I got to set it up however I wanted to. Along with being able to put a picture of this in my resume it gave me a sense that I was really helping out with something. Another project I had a lot of fun with was putting together one of the bulletin boards in the basement hallway. It is quite a large space and I was given free reign to design it the way I liked. I was given a topic and supplies and was free to put together something fun for people to look at and I like to think I did a pretty good job.
Another aspect of this internship that interested me was being able to do research on an exhibit that will be coming soon. This gave me experience in yet another aspect of museum work that will help me in the long run. Plus I can add to that list that I got the chance to make two new I Spy sheets for the museum! I really feel like I have been able to contribute at least a bit to this museum and that is a great feeling.
One project I was involved in that I had so much fun with was the Pioneer day camp. I got to plan out some of the events and work with the kids all three days, and I have to say it was a blast; not only was the experience fun but the kids were great! But my time here is almost over, which makes me sad. I have had so much fun here and learned so much and want to thank everyone for how nice they have been and how helpful and I hope that I can come back and help out more in the future!