Museum Studies BDP student Mallory Miller interned at The Alamo historic site where she transcribed and translated correspondence between Mexican military officials. She learned about many aspects of preserving and managing historic sites and collections.
How did you find your internship?
My parents had recently moved to the San Antonio area, and suggested that I look into historical sites in San Antonio for internship opportunities.
Describe the work you did in your internship.
I worked to transcribe and translate correspondence between Mexican officials, originally handwritten in Spanish during the years 1834-1835, to provide accessibility for interested non-speakers.
What was the most rewarding aspect of your Connecting Experience?
The most rewarding aspect of my Connecting Experience so far has been the opportunity to experience the behind-the-scenes workings of a historical site. It was enlightening to see both the physical demands of preserving the historical site and the social endeavor to continue engaging the public in conversations about the site. After learning more about the daily tasks of each department, I have a clearer sense of which departments my skills and interests would be most suited for.
In what ways has this Connecting Experience shaped your plans for the future?
This Connecting Experience has prompted me to look more into museum work focusing on collections management. I was especially interested in the technological advancements involved in the preservation and display of objects in the exhibits there and the journeys travelled by the objects to reach those exhibits.
Discuss the relationship you had with your faculty mentor and how they helped you during this Connecting Experience.
I was so fortunate to convene with my faculty mentor during this experience. She frequently prompted questions about my work that hadn’t yet crossed my mind, and she encouraged me to approach people in roles whose experience would be valuable for me to learn from. She taught me to ask. For that, I am so grateful.