“A museum should never be finished, but boundless and ever in motion.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Exhibits tell a story and stories are always changing. How historians, anthropologist, and other academics interpret the past is constantly in motion, never stagnate. How I view history can be entirely different from the person sitting across the table. Exhibits are a looking glass back into the past, and museums house these narratives of history. Innovations, creative thinking, and new minds are why museums, as Goethe suggested, “should never be finished.”
Working with other museum interns at the Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center (HRC), we created an exhibit detailing the story of two native tribes that lived and traveled through the Yellowstone area. The Tukudika and Nez Perce have rich histories, and their stories are important to tell. The cases here at the HRC are always rotating, with interns every year creating new exhibits and showcasing different narratives. I performed research on the Tukudika, designed labels, and printed pictures to put in the display case. I also wanted to create a model of a wickiup to help visitors have a better understanding of what it looked like and how the Tukudika constructed their shelters. Having this 3D model in the case gives a visual perspective of the dwellings, and adds life to the exhibit. Working here at the HRC with the curatorial staff generated a new found love for me, the world of museums. The stories, treasures, and beauty are endless and boundless. Have you been to a museum lately?
For more information on amazing projects being performed by the Public Lands History Center of Colorado State University, please check out our website at: http://publiclands.colostate.edu/