Collecting History

My name is Kelly Childress and I am a historical interpreter with a Master of Arts in History and a minor in museum studies from Lynchburg College. From August 2013 to May 2015 I held a position as a graduate assistant at Historic Sandusky where I was given a variety of projects to work on over the course of two years. Working at a small historic site, our jobs and responsibilities are eclectic and can range from managing the visitor center and giving house tours to researching landscapes and interiors, transcribing and digitizing archival documents, or organizing children’s archaeology camps. Here at Sandusky, both graduate assistants and museum staff wear many hats. However, that is also t

Civil War Trust's Teacher Institute Pt. 2

Days 3 & 4 (July 16 & 17) The first two days of the institute were packed with resources and information for the educator. However, the last two days appealed to the history enthusiast or Civil War buff. The participants were given a number of trip options for the third day and were taken on a tour of Richmond in Lincoln’s footsteps on the last day. Out of the many trip options, I chose to go to the Petersburg Battlefield and Pamplin Park. The trip to Petersburg stood out to me because of the guide’s unique way of telling us the history of Petersburg. He intrigued the educator in us while also engaging the student in us. He engaged us by using volunteers in his demonstration of the Battle of

Civil War Trust’s Teacher Institute

Days 1 & 2 (July 14 & 15, 2016) Once I completed my first week as a graduate assistant at Historic Sandusky, I just assumed that the rest of the year would be as routine as the first week. I expected to only transcribe, give tours, and do small projects here and there. I didn’t realize the world of opportunities and doors Sandusky would open for me until recently. In late June, our Director, Greg Starbuck, informed me of an opportunity to attend The Civil War Trust’s Teacher Institute in Richmond. I was all for it. It was going to be a great opportunity to network, share ideas with other teachers, and get advice from professionals. The only catch was that the institute was strictly for socia

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