Shaker Museum at South Union, 2009
The Shaker Museum at South Union, located only fifteen minutes outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky, makes a great place for students wishing to stay local to complete an internship. The museum's main building is the Centre House, which served as dormitory for the Shaker community which lived at South Union from 1807 until their closure in 1927. The museum houses beautiful artifacts, many of which are original to South Union Shakers, and as such offers a unique opportunity for students to gain opportunity working with museum artifacts and learning about museum operations. During the summer of 2009, I completed my internship at the museum working closely with the museum's accessions. It was my job to create a working digital inventory of the museum's entire collection. This was a wonderful way to gain meaningful experience within the museum field, an important realm of occupational opportunity for student of Folk Studies. This experience built upon my coursework here at Western Kentucky University, especially that of the Museum Procedures class taught by Dr. Michael Ann Williams. Working with the collections also allowed me to experience and encounter many of the amazing artifacts housed at the Shaker Museum. Any student who enjoys working closely and intimately with relics of the past and consequently learning about this important group in our country's history would greatly benefit and enjoy doing an internship with the Shaker Museum at South Union.
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