International Bluegrass Music Museum
Where do you currently work?
I work at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY and I am the Archivist/Registrar for the museum.
Tell me a bit about your career?
I handle the processing of items that come into the collection and continue the preservation of items that were previously donated to the museum. I also maintain the records of the donations and create permanent locations for the items.
How has folklore prepared you for your career?
Folklore has prepared me in numerous ways for this job. One is that my emphasis (Historic Preservation) was of major importance to my career by training me how to handle items and allowing me to be introduced to methodologies that would later be my primary purpose in my future occupation. Those classes allowed me to establish my knowledge base on preservation techniques in a variety of situations and circumstances so that I could build upon that and focus my abilities to do my job both efficiently and properly. Also my internships played a vital role in my hiring process by giving me the experience that was a major factor in this intuition's decision to hire me (Thank you Dr. Williams!!!!). They were very impressed by my prior experience.
Also Folklore and my professors remain a large part of my success even today. The skills and critical thinking that came from this degree has allowed me to come across problems, apply that type of thinking and find solutions to them in an proficient manner. If I need a second opinion on something, I know that they will be willing to listen and help me. The network of friends that this degree has given me is so important not only to my current abilities but to all my future endeavors.