College at Brockport Collaboration

by Danielle Maerlender

The Emily L. Knapp Museum and Library of Local History is honored to work in collaboration with Museum Internship students in the Anthropology Department at the College at Brockport. In recent years, the two have been working together through hands-on experience-based learning. Students have selected independent, semester-long projects focusing on a professional field of museum work, a few of which include collections management, cataloguing, conservation, research, curation, education, visitor studies, and marketing. With guidance and instruction from the Knapp Museum Board and course instructor, students are researching the rich collection of local Brockport material culture housed in the Knapp Museum. Not only do the students engage in hands-on projects that provide significant services to the Emily Knapp Museum, they gain knowledge, skills, abilities and experience in a field that will further prepare them for future career opportunities and raise interest in the museum’s collection.

In the Fall of 2015, a new group of Museum Internship students from the Anthropology Department, under the instruction of Dr. Christine Zinni, have begun projects on various subjects. At least once a week, museum interns spend an hour or so in the museum examining artifacts, interacting with board members, and studying museum documents to uncover information on Brockport’s past. In addition to working during museum open hours, the Emily Knapp Board has been opening after museum hours for internship students to further their research in an independent, interactive and research-oriented setting, which can be seen in the photo above.Some of the projects that students are undertaking this semester include:

Some of these interns will also take on side-projects, creating displays that will be showcased in the museum and accompanied by plaques indicating which objects the intern researched and some interesting information the intern uncovered about the artifacts. Another intern will have additional plaques made for each of the museum’s rooms in order to make the museum more navigable and organized.

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The Emily L. Knapp Museum is a municipal museum associated with the Village of Brockport. The museum is located on the second and third floors in the former home of one of Brockport’s most prominent families, the Seymours, while the first floor contains the Village of Brockport offices. Those who visit Brockport’s collection of local history will feel they’ve entered a time when the Erie Canal was the bustling commercial center of this Victorian village: when ladies wore high-laced shoes and skirts that scraped the slate sidewalks, and the gentlemen sported tall silk hats; when phonographs and stereopticon views as well as novels by our famed authoress, Mary Jane Holmes, entertained the masses. Don’t take our word for it, see for yourself.

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