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Internship Stories - Samantha Bruer

Samantha Bruer

The Metropolitan Historical Commission of Nashville and Davidson County

Samantha Bruer


From February to June 2013, I interned with the Metropolitan Historical Commission of Nashville and Davidson County. I had two major projects while at the MHC which included preparing for the 38th Annual Preservation Awards and working with historical markers from throughout the county. For the preservation awards ceremony, I created several PowerPoint presentations featuring nominees in the categories of Residential, Educational/Institutional, Infill and Commercial. Several versions of my presentations were used during the awards ceremony to show all nominees and highlight award recipients. I also created spreadsheets in Excel that listed the location of each property and the owners, architects, and contractors that worked on nominated structures. I also re-typed, edited, and added new text to a spreadsheet of every historical marker in Nashville and Davidson County. This digital manuscript will be used to create a new edition of a book published in the early 1990's by the commission.

During Summer 2013, I was also able to complete an internship with Sandy Staebell, Registrar/Collections Curator at the Kentucky Museum on the campus of WKU. My primary tasks during this internship were to photograph and edit images of potential donations, create catalog records in PastPerfect and conduct basic research on donated artifacts. I also occasionally helped Sandy and fellow intern, Jack LeSieur, in documenting and storing historic quilts. I learned that I am actually decent at sewing (at least when I am putting accession numbers into historic clothing).

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