Jul 06

Week 5 – July 2-6

Monday, 7/2:

Today was the SI Staff Picnic that takes place at the Folklife Festival from 11am to 2pm. I did not end up going to Garber at all today because power was still out from Friday’s storm. At the picnic, there was music, complimentary lunch, a marketplace, exercise classes and more. Unfortunately the worst storm of the summer had just happened a few days ago so many tents were still recovering from that. Still it was a nice afternoon and I was glad SI thought to include its interns.

Tuesday, 7/3:

Throughout the summer NASM has been hosting brown bag lunches for the interns at their main museum location on the Mall. At each lunch, a couple interns are picked to present on their summer experiences and share about their department so the other interns can gain a better understanding of the museum’s workings. Since it is so difficult for the Garber interns to make a lunch downtown (with the awkward shuttle schedule we basically end up missing half of the day), we have been exempt from the lunches. It is mandatory for the downtown interns.

Yet that doesn’t mean we get out of doing a presentation! Today is Garber Intern Day and all of the downtown and Hazy interns enter our domain for the morning.

Around 10am it was presentation time. There are 5 interns (including myself) in Building 24 at Garber so we presented in the order an object would go. That means the CCPF interns (Lizzie and Patrick) began by explaining the surveying and rehousing process. They showed the box making process and had examples of various boxes and supports they had made as well as examples of the types of objects they might encounter.

Then the group moved to the Photography section. Ginx is the only intern there so talked about setting up objects for photography and then how they process the photographs and ultimately upload them to TMS. It is very common that while the CCPF team is surveying an object, they find that it either has no or outdated photographs in TMS so take it over to Ginx to photograph.

Last (but of course not least), the GMT interns presented. At this point, the object should have been surveyed and photographed so our team is generally the last stop for objects at Garber before we move them to Hazy.

We were at a disadvantage because we had planned to pull objects we had worked on in the previous weeks but the power was still not on for the bally box doors so we couldn’t get to the objects we had planned. Oh well, thankfully I had been taking a lot of pictures and just printed some out. Megan talked about a jacket she had been working on and then I talked about my machete and boots and showed pictures of what the final storage space in Hazy looked like. Then Megan and I showed them a PSC and talked about the packing process.

Then the other interns toured around the rest of Garber and left in the afternoon.

Wednesday, 7/4:

Happy Fourth of July! No work today.

Thursday, 7/5:

This is really turning out to be a quiet week!

Still working on Miscellaneous objects and this is the most interesting one I worked on today. It is a mask included in this move due to its fragile rubber. I made a box, lined it with ethafoam, made a tyvek covered pillow as an internal support, made a volara covered external support. A round foam tube was used to keep the strap in place with a pillow under it to further support the strap.

Friday, 7/6:

And now for something new:

Leaving the Miscellaneous category and entering Jackets. This is my first jacket and the majority of these have just been languishing in storage with no internal supports. So some of them have become very brittle with permanent creases due to being stored flat. Fortunately that is not the case with my first jacket.

This process involves making 2 arm inserts. These are carved out of foam, wrapped in batting, and covered by a nylon stocking similar to the boots except obviously different in size. A chest board is also made in a similar way. Often these are difficult to tie so I am brushing up on my sewing skills. Any metal pieces are either tied with tyvek (like zippers) or has a tyvek strip as a barrier to separate the metal from the leather. A small round foam tube was tied around the neck to help support the collar. A large strip of tyvek was tied around the middle to keep the sides of the jacket in place during its move.

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