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This summer, the museum hosted Arthur Garrison and Kayla Ross, two interns with wide ranges of expertise. They came to gain museum exposure and experience and at the same time provide us with needed assistance with projects, events, and exhibits. Arthur came to us with two degrees in history and is currently working on an MA in museum studies; Kayla’s degree in history included a semester studying abroad in England. Together, they generated two exciting new exhibits for the museum.
The McFaddin-Ward House Museum internship program provides college students with on-the-job museum experience; interns learn the inner workings of a museum, from collections management to educational outreach. One requirement is to research a topic related to the McFaddin family and curate an exhibit on the subject. They present their research to the public at the opening of the exhibit, which remains on display for several months.
Arthur’s exhibit, “World War I: Home and Away” spotlights the McFaddins’ contributions to the war, both in Southeast Texas and elsewhere. Kayla’s project, “Edwardian Opulence: Lavish Living in the 1910s” takes a look at the wealthy lifestyles of the McFaddins and compares it to the lives of European aristocrats, such as those on the popular television show Downton Abbey. Both exhibits will be on display through December 2013.
To learn more about the internship or the presentation and exhibit, contact the museum at (409) 832-1906.
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