During Carolyn’s tenure as a Graduate Assistant she carried out a number of activities including:
- Organized a focus group for area teachers to get their recommendations on updating our hands-on archaeology lab .
- Contributed her previous teaching experience to our educational programs.
- Assisted in exhibit fabrication, repair, and maintenance
- Created a series of Facebook posts based on photographs curated at the Museum.
Carolyn recounts that her most memorable experiences include:
working with a special needs adult who came here with a group. She was interested in archaeology and I was able to give her and her teacher resources so she could continue to learn more and possibly pursue a career in the field. I have also had many positive experiences helping families have fun and bridge generation gaps – last summer I had a bored teenaged boy visit with his grandparents. I offered to show him how to throw darts with an atlatl, which he absolutely loved. By the end of their visit, he was actively engaged in conversation with his grandparents and they had plans to buy him an atlatl kit for Christmas.
Over the summer Carolyn will complete her graduate practicum, which is a community-based project to clean, preserve, and repair headstones in the historic African-American Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Memphis. After graduation she plans to pursue a career as a museum professional or continue work in cemetery restoration.
Best wishes to Carolyn as she goes forward!