History has many methods to capture one's interest and encompasses everything we do. It's not only our past but also our future. This is one of the reasons I chose to study history.
A little bit more about me, my name is Lizzie, and I'm a rising senior at the University of New Hampshire. I'm majoring in History with a Minor in Italian Studies, and Classics. I was given the opportunity to intern with the Lexington Historical Society this past summer and couldn't pass up the chance to work in my future field. With the help of Dr. Kimberly Alexander, as well as Stacey Fraser, the Collections and Outreach Manager at Lexington Historical Society, I was able to peek behind the curtain of how a historical society is run and the amount of time and effort that are poured into it.
When we visit these historic houses, we don't always think about the amount of effort that was put into every room, the amount of research that was conducted to get all the right information to make a memorable experience for anyone who walks through the door. I was able to see that all of the staff, volunteers, and tour guides are very passionate about what they do and it's inspiring.
The Society receives historical materials pertaining to the American Revolution and other eras studied at the Society. These materials are catalogued and stored based on 2D versus 3D materials. Each type is stored based on their needs and is temperature controlled. The storage of these materials is crucial to their longevity and quality. Cataloguing these materials is a multiple step process that includes electronic entries, as well as the physical storing of these items. Stacey and Elizabeth Mubarek, the Archives Manager, manage these 3D and 2D materials respectively, and care very greatly for every item they receive.
I worked primarily with Stacey, the Collections and Outreach Manager at the Lexington Historical Society. She was incredibly helpful whenever I had questions and showed me the ropes on how to handle the marketing of a non-profit, something that is much harder and more intricate than one may think. With her, I was able to design social media posts, create a posting schedule, as well as other related tasks, and of course, write this blog post!
Working on the marketing aspect of history has been such a great learning experience, and my appreciation for history only grew throughout this experience. I’m grateful that I was able to get the chance to work in my future field and observe and participate in a museum studies setting. Interning at the Lexington Historical Society has been a pivotal stepping stone in figuring out my future, and for that I’m forever grateful. I'd like to thank Stacey and everyone at the Historical Society for their help and support this past summer and for granting me this great opportunity!
-Elizabeth Racioppi, 2021 Summer Intern
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