Organizations: Kentucky Oral History Commission and conducting archival research for the film On the Dixie Bee Line: The Quonset Auditorium Legacy.
For the first part of my internship, I worked for the Kentucky Oral History Commission interviewing World War II veterans in Fulton and Hickman counties in the westernmost part of Kentucky. My assignment was to interview twelve veterans or families of veterans. In the end, I conducted fifteen interviews. I met a number of interesting people in Fulton and Hickman counties, and I always felt welcomed in the people's homes. The veterans came from diverse backgrounds and military experiences. They spoke about these military experiences and about their views of the world today.
For the second part of my internship, I conducted archival research for Amber Ridington for her film On the Dixie Bee Line: The Quonset Auditorium Legacy. My objectives for this assignment were to visit libraries in Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and search for advertisements, show posters, and video footage of musicians and wrestlers known to have performed at the Quonset Auditorium in Bowling Green, Kentucky. I conducted research at places such as the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the Nashville Public Library, and the Middle Tennessee State University library. Aside from the archives in the local area, I also contacted places such as the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, the Bowling Green State University Center for Popular Culture, and various commercial archival companies.
Between the two projects, I gained a great deal of experience that will assist me in future endeavors. In the World War II veterans project, I increased my fieldwork experience and learned how to work with people in the community to achieve my goals. In conducting archival research, I learned more about using library resources and working with librarians. While I did depend on the assistance and cooperation of others, I mostly worked alone. Above all, the experience taught me to work on my own and manage my time wisely.
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