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  • Eiteljorg Insider | Meet Curatorial Intern Lyndsey Blair

    by Lyndsey Blair, Eiteljorg curatorial intern | Apr 22, 2015

    Lyndsey Blair
    Howdy! My name is Lyndsey Blair, and I am a second-year graduate student in the Public History Master’s program at IUPUI.  For the past nine months, I have served as the Eiteljorg’s curatorial intern.  Much of this time has been spent researching information related to the museum’s latest exhibit, Gold! Riches and Ruin.

    For this exhibit, I read numerous articles and books by respected historians, examinedlyndsey blair - WP_20150225_003 first-hand accounts in newspapers, letters, and journals, and viewed thousands of historic photographs.  These resources have given me a greater understanding of the California, Black Hills, and Yukon-Klondike gold rushes.  The most important point I learned was that these rushes not only affected the miners (who were from a variety of backgrounds) but American society as a whole. Some of these changes were beneficial, while others were not.   For example, this phenomenon turned fledging western towns like San Francisco into bustling cities, led to advances in railroad transportation and mail delivery, and inspired new works of art, music, literature, and fashion.  But this event also exposed racial and ethnic tensions in mining camps and nearby cities with diverse populations and resulted in the genocide of thousands of Native Americans. 

    Lyndsey blair 2 - WP_20150225_007Beyond the academic knowledge I have gained from this internship, I have also learned a lot about the museum world.  Much of the work that occurs in museums is a collaborative process, and the same can be said for the Eiteljorg.  With this latest exhibit, staff members spent hundreds (and possibly thousands) of hours planning, researching, and installing the show.  Of course there are the curators, whose work has already been addressed.  But it is also important to recognize the contributions of the designers, the education department, the marketing team, and the maintenance and security staff.  All of these people played important roles in this exhibit.  In the end, I am very grateful to have been part of Gold! and hope visitors enjoy seeing all our hard work!

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  • Learn How to Preserve Your Family Heirlooms This Saturday at the Eiteljorg

    by IUPUI Museum Studies | Mar 31, 2014


    IUPUI Museum Studies 2nd Annual Collections Care Fair
    Saturday, April 5
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    Free with museum admission
    IUPUI students who show their ID are admitted free of charge

    Bring your beloved heirlooms and have a one-on-one conversation with a professional conservator who can show you how to better store, care for and preserve your family treasures. Sponsored by the the IUPUI Museum Studies Program and Museum Studies Club.

    New this year: XRF Testing
    New this year, attendees will have the rare opportunity to bring their metal items for free non-invasive X-ray fluorescence testing. Whether a wedding band or meteorite, XRF testing can report an object’s elemental composition almost instantly.

    “People can bring in their jewelry or any other metal family heirloom pieces to find out exactly what type of metal it contains,” said Holly Cusack-McVeigh, assistant professor of anthropology and museum studies and public scholar of collections and community curation in a press release provided by IUPUI. “Sometimes people discover that their 'trinket' is a true 'treasure.' This is a really fun addition to the 2014 Collections Care Fair, and we wish to extend a special word of thanks to Bruker Elemental for contributing equipment and staff to this public event."

    IUPUI museum studies students will work alongside the professionals at the event. The fair allows the students as emerging museum professionals to share specialized knowledge they have learned in classroom and lab settings.

    Items being examined include:
    Heirlooms
    Books
    Textiles
    Metal objects
    Furniture... and much more!

    Click here more information and a look at the press release about Saturday's event.

    SOURCE: From IUPUI press release

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