Western Kentucky University

Ginger Brothers: the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Ginger Brothers 
the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 2012

Ginger Brothers attaching plexi label to exhibit wall.

Ginger Brothers attaching plexi label to an exhibit wall

In the summer of 2012, I worked with the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. As a volunteer in previous summers, I was primarily interested in working with the collections and exhibitions department. My internship turned out to be a combination of collections, exhibits, and also developmental projects.

The first developmental project that I worked on involved the site called Rose Hill. The subjects of my research will contribute to a new interpretive plan at the site, which will include women's narrative, military history, and slave narratives from the property. I also helped develop an oral history program that is primarily used for the creation of community based exhibits, featured in the changing exhibitions gallery. This project is still in early development, but I am confident that there is a framework for the MSV to work with and to create a successful oral history program.

Perhaps, the most concrete and largest contribution I made was the install of the changing exhibition, "Waging War". "Waging War" is the second part of An American Turning Point: The American Civil War in Virginia, which is a traveling exhibit that was developed by the Virginia Historical Society. I appreciated the experience in building traveling exhibits and working with my colleagues in problem solving issues that included space and construction. I feel that my experience at the MSV contributed to my professional and personal goals as both a folklorist and museum technician.

  Section 11 of exhibit “Waging War," a large corner installation with map and photo that reads, "Offense or Defense?"

Section 11 of exhibit "Waging War"

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