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Internship Stories - Bess McHone

Bess McHone

Louisville Slugger Museum

 

Bess McHone

 

During the summer of 2013, I worked as an Exhibit Specialist intern at the Louisville Slugger Museum under the supervision of their curator. The exhibit in which I worked was Big Leagues, Little Bricks. This temporary summer exhibit displayed Lego artwork inspired by Baseball and was open from March 2 until September 2 of this year.

 

The objectives of my internship were mostly two-fold. The first of my responsibilities as an intern was to engage audiences, and to ensure their visit to the exhibit and, more largely, the museum was a welcoming experience. Inherent in this duty, I had to answer questions, encourage visitors to interact with the art, and share information on the exhibit and its artists. The second of my responsibilities was to ensure and maintain the safety of the objects on display. In addition to these tasks, there were other aspects of the internship which were not written expressly in my internship objectives, but which enabled me to gain more valuable museum experience.

 

The Louisville Slugger Museum is an excellent example of the local folklore of the Louisville area. Both the museum and the bats they produce have been a standing tradition for the city of Louisville, and for Kentucky, for a long time. Even if visitors know very little about Kentucky, the Louisville Slugger is capable of crossing numerous social and cultural boundaries.

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