Internship Reflection

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Internships are a learning experience of new skills and improving on previous skills that you have gained. I have through the school tours been training to be a docent, but one day in the past two weeks I had official docent training with other students. Everyone learned the story of the Eel-Stowe and Nathan Clark-Stockade house. Also, we were taught where the lights were in each house, and how to uncover the windows, objects, and hide the covering before the visitors came to the house. Then we learned how to cover the windows and the objects once the day was done. We were told some artifacts that young children may handle when they are visiting the houses for the day. Everyone received schedules and information packets in order to learn how to give a tour through the houses. I helped inform the other docents in training about some history that Ardienne did not say and helped to answer some minor questions. I arrived at 12:30 to help set up for the Milford Historical Societies open house. I talked to Dave about the Eel-Stowe house history, since I will start showing tours in that house for next Saturday. I watched him give a tour to some visitors, who came to the Milford Historical Society. Then I led those visitors to the Clark-Stockade house where I gave a complete tour of the four rooms in there. There were not many visitors to the Milford Historical Society. I only gave two tours, but I gave them completely on my own with no prompting or help. I led tourists to the Bryan-Downs house for refreshments. Also, I answered the visitor’s questions about pieces I did not discuss during the tour. This conference was in Hartford and called Bring on the Drama. The point of this conference was to show historical societies... ... middle of paper ... ...o about ten people. I told them all about the Nathan Clark Stockade House. I started in the South Parlor, then the kitchen, then the minor bedroom, and finally the North parlor. The last three hours I gave tours in the Eel-Stowe house to visitors. I showed all six rooms to the visitors, which were the parlor, Stephan’s office, the kitchen, the parent’s bedroom, Esters bedroom, and the boy’s bedroom. In both tours I answered questions about objects they wanted further explanation on during the tours. I gave ten tours in the total of the six hours that ranged from twenty to thirty minutes each. Also, I assisted fellow docents in other tours they were having when I was waiting for visitors. Therefore, with all the events and participation I am quite far along in my internship. I worked 31.5 hours in the past week so I have completed 62 hours of my internship.

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