Internship Blog

Week of 14 May to 18 May

This week marked the first week of my internship and the beginning stages of a long summer. I was able to complete 20 hours of the requirement as I am faced with some health complications and had other family events to take care of. I came to learn that as I am not yet a member of the museum I am limited in what tasks I am able to perform around the museum. I am currently unable to be trained as a Docent at the museum in order to guide tours or allowed to represent the museum outside of simply performing other tasks but did what I could while there. I spent much of my time during the week working with the restoration team at the museum on sanding paint off of a recently received F-16 that they are preparing for paint and new markings so that it can join the other aircraft at the museum on display. When not performing tasks with the team working on the F-16 I was working with the curator on moving displays into their new homes and helping get things in order to prepare for the event that the museum has scheduled for 2 June 2018 and helped him in covering displays so that he could hose down the aircraft of all dust. In times between doing this I tagged along on a few tours to gain an understanding of how they are conducted and the general path taken and in doing so was able to answer some questions on material that I had some knowledge of from our research conducted in Colorado History during the Spring 2018 semester. I made acquaintance with many of the volunteers at the museum so that everyone who is a docent or holds some other position at the museum was aware that I was there and would be interning there over the summer.

Posted 19 May 2018

Week of 21 May to 25 May

The week spanning 21 May to 25 May ended with another 19 hours complete of the total requirement leaving me with 39 hours total. This week Lee and I spent our time helping our supervisor and the curator in completing placard templates. We spent about three full days going through the aircraft at the museum and ensuring that aircraft models and serial numbers were correct. After successfully doing so for the aircraft that still had their data plates attached we took the templates back to the curators office that holds the files for all museum exhibits and began going through individual folders and researching them to see if they were correct and if all the information on the different aircraft were correct. We also corrected the placards for correct grammar and punctuation. This took up Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday as we finished them off in a quick and orderly fashion so that they could be sent off and be made in time for next weekend I believe. Other than that I helped out a little bit around the museum as I did last week and did what I could. I anticipate being able to help out much more in the coming weeks once I am able to gain my membership status to the museum and the Pueblo Historical Aircraft Society which will allow me to do much more around the museum.

Posted 25 May 2018

Week of 27 May to 2 June

This week we spent most of the time preparing the museum for the event on Saturday June 2. We moved a lot of the aircraft out of Hangar 1 to move the F-15 and F-16 into the hangar for the dedication ceremony and to make room for the band and tables for people to eat and sit at. I helped out in the parking lot during the event and was in charge of the gate for the staff parking area. I helped out a little in the gift shop and walked around giving my younger sister a tour around hangar one. Throughout the week I arrived early to help open up the hangars and get all the displays and T.V.s powered up. I had 36 hours this week leaving me at a total of 75 hours thus far for the summer.

Posted 2 June 2018

Week of 4 June to 8 June

This week was spent primarily opening the museum for business by opening the hangars, training the new volunteer at the museum on how we conduct tours and helping him where necessary and conducting tours myself. I got plenty of people started on self guided tours and conducted a few guided tours myself to the best of my ability as I myself am still learning about the museum’s collection. It has become easier to interact with the people that visit the museum as I get more attempts at it but as far as the guided tours go they get more difficult as we journey throughout the museum. When I have time to sit down in the gift shop and focus I do my best to read up on the aircraft so that when I am asked to give a guided tour I am able to give as much information to the patrons as humanly possible but this come easily some days and much more difficult on others as some days are extremely slow with almost no visitors and others are rather busy. I was able to log 26 hours for the week bringing my total to 101 hours completed thus far.

Posted 8 June 2018

Weeks of 11 June to 15 June and 18 June to 22 June

These weeks were spent training new docents or at least helping with the training, opening up the hangars, doing research on different artifacts, learning how to run the cash register, and doing both unguided tour introductions and guided tours. I have continued reading up on the aircraft so that I can provide more information to visitors and give the best tour possible. Friday 22 June was an extremely busy day as it was myself and the two newest volunteers and I was running the register as well as starting people on tours. In these two weeks I logged 60 hours bringing my total to 161 of the required 252. I should have my hours complete around Mid-July at which point the frequency of my time at the museum will be dropping significantly so that I can focus on my independent study as well as prepare for the Fall semester ahead.

Posted 24 June 2018

Week of 9 July to 15 July

During the week I spent my time leading tours and doing tour introductions during business hours. I opened the hangars most of the week and prepared the cash register for whichever docent was on it for the day. I helped the gift shop manager restock the shop and ensure that she had received everything that she had ordered. We had the monthly members meeting and during it I offered to help update and keep the website updated and got in contact with the person currently in charge of that. During my discussion with her I attained her contact information and provided her with the link to the Scalar project that myself, Lee, Shanon, and Mike had completed last semester in Colorado History so that she would have original research and text that we had created about Pueblo Army Air Base for the website. I also helped our curator in preparing and fixing things for displays such as the banner for the F-15 display. On Sunday 15 July I was requested by our head of restoration to lead a tour for the Billings Firefighters that were in the area which was the highlight of the week by far. I logged 51 hours bringing my total for the summer to 212 hours.

Posted 15 July 2018

Week of 16 July to 21 July

I spent this last week of my internship doing tours and creating a new intro for future museum videos. I helped out in the gift shop and in opening and closing the museum for business. I did some other research to help out the website manager in her quest to keep the website updated with original content. I spent much of my time doing tours and further educating myself on the aircraft and how they work so that I can give better tours throughout this upcoming semester when I continue to volunteer and docent at the museum. I plan to continue helping to the best of my ability while keeping up with my coursework in this upcoming Fall semester 2018. I logged 42 hours this week bringing my total to 254 hours over the summer and will continue gaining work experience and people skills by continuing to help out at the museum.

Posted 22 July 2018

Final Blog Post

I think that the work that I completed over the semester is deserving of a minimum of an A-. I worked hard to educate myself on the displays and aircraft housed at the museum so that I could do better during the guided tours that I did give. I spent much of my time learning and reading up on the different aircraft and asking others who have been at the museum questions so that they could share their knowledge with me. I helped in areas that I was not familiar with such as helping the restoration team complete the restoration of their newly acquired F-15 and F-16 in time for the dedication ceremony and then helped to the best of my ability during that event. When not at the museum helping due to other troubles I was looking up information on aircraft that I needed to further my knowledge on. I offered up my services in other areas that I have previous experience in such as web design, video design and animation, and research. When days were slow I did my best to help the curator in setting up displays. I did everything I could to better help in the museum and offered my services to anyone who could have used my help at any given time. Overall my experience at the museum was eye opening, after serving in the military as my first and only job and then going to school, it gave me a starting point in seeing what it is like to hold positions elsewhere and was a great learning experience. For my first time being around people other than those who were in the military and come from all different backgrounds I think I did quite well given the fact that I had not had much interaction with people other than those who I worked with. This time during my internship gave me an opportunity to build and begin to perfect my people and interaction skills and I do believe that I did quite well. With that said, I do think I could have done a little bit better on guided tours and talked to the people who came through a little bit more and provided them with more information but I informed them before starting the tours that I too was still learning but would do my best to give them as much information on the aircraft and displays and if I did not have the answers to their questions that I would do everything in my power to not only get the answer but find someone that could give both them and myself the information needed. There were many places where I can still improve such as talking with the people I am working with as well as better remembering different pieces of information that I gain from those that I spoke with.

Posted 26 July 2018

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