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FC: Visit to the Virginia Historical Society | Dana Puga

1: Gift Shop | When you enter the VHS, there is a sign asking visitors to check in at the desk. The shop assistant is there to answer questions, provide maps and assist with any gift shop purchases. The facilities management team is in charge of making sure the space is laid out in a welcoming way.

3: Curator--Exhibit Designer/Planner | The curators and exhibit designers/planners worked together to design an exhibition space which draws people in through eye catching displays and informative text panels. Each room features an era of Virginia history. | The main exhibition at VHS is The Story of Virginia which chronicles the history of Virginia from the first settlers to the modern day.

4: In the Civil Rights display, pictured above, VHS often incorporates interpreters to provide first hand accounts of the Civil Rights Movement in Virginia. | This interactive game required the assistance of IT staff and the media manager. | Educator-Registrar-Collections Manager-Interpreter-IT/Media | Behind the scenes of the objects on display are a registrar and a collections manager. They make sure all the objects are accessible and cataloged. The educator works with all departments of the museum to provide an interactive component to the exhibit. One example at VHS is Li'l Virginia's History Game seen below.

5: Library-Archives-Custodian | On the left you will find pictures of the VHS library. Visitors can view books and archival manuscripts here and use the computers for research. The picture above is the former entrance to the building. As you can see, the custodial staff works hard to keep the museum clean.

6: Marketing-Public Relations-Editor | The exhibit "Virginians at Work" features objects from Virginia businesses. The inclusion of so many Richmond based companies has been well publicized in VHS marketing materials. The pubic relations person at VHS established a relationship with the companies featured in the exhibit in order to obtain company archives. An editor is crucial to make sure there are no errors on signage in the museum or on printed materials.

7: References Buck, R. (Producer). (2008, December 22). Interview with rebecca buck [Audio Podcast]. Sandbox Studios. Retrieved from http://aapmedia.jhu.edu/AAPmedia/courses/460_00o MUSEUM/460_601/Interviews/Interview_with_Rebecca_Buck.html Glaser, J. R. and Zenetou, A. A (1996). Museums: a place to work, planning museum careers. London, New York: The Smithsonian Institution. Globensky, B. (2000) Reclaiming museum education. ICOM Keynote Presentation Response. Schlatter, N. E. (2008). Museum careers: a practical guide for students and novices. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast Press, Inc. www.vahistorical.org

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