Maggie is a a Junior studying American History, concentrating on colonial America. She assists with the rare books and manuscripts at the Kislak Center of Van Pelt Library. Currently, she is working on a book with the Arcadia Publishing series Images of America about her hometown of Muncy, Pennsylvania.
Maggie on her summer experience:
"This summer I was fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work at the American Philosophical Society as the Curatorial Intern for the upcoming Spring 2018 Exhibit, celebrating the 275th Anniversary of APS. Beginning with the founding of APS in 1743, the exhibit will highlight the achievements of its members from its inception to the present. My time at APS was spent working with the Museum fellows, conducting archival research within the organization's extensive collections and identifying possible objects, books, and manuscipts for the new exhibit.
My research at the library led me to view incredible documents, such as the letters of Ben Franklin, the notes of Alexander von Humboldt and the fragile second draft of the Decleration of Independence. Along with this research, I visited the Chemical Hertiage Foundation and the new American Revolution Museum to analyze museum structures in order to improve upon the structure of our own exhibit. Most importantly, my internship encouraged a connection the organization itself, as archival research was coupled with active participation in APS through events, outreach programs and collaborations within other departments, such as Conservation and Museum Education."
"The image above shows the preliminary stages of our exhibit; APS uses the wall of their conference room to attach images of possible objects to display. The objects are then grouped of the different sections, or nodes, of the exhibit."