Rockpile Museum Intern Shares Behind-the-Scene Insights
Molly Huisingh had no idea what to expect when she arrived in Wyoming. At that point, all the Michigan-native knew about this part of the world was the little bit she’d learned five years ago in a high school history class. Now, just under two months later, the University of Michigan junior is going home with whole new understanding of old rock tools, antique saddles, and all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into putting together a museum collection as well as a whole new appreciation for local culture.
As this summer’s Rockpile Museum intern, Huisingh has stayed busy photographing lithics, inventorying collections, updating exhibits, and learning a lot about local history. Majoring in anthropology with a minor in museum studies, Huisingh was selected from a pool of national candidates to spend a summer of hands-on learning with the museum staff and volunteers. She was surprised to learn how much work goes into cataloguing and updating exhibits, and will be sharing some of these insights with the public at her end-of-the-summer presentation “Lithics, Leather, and Landscapes” at the museum tonight, beginning at 7 p.m.
“It’s been a great experience,” she said, “and I’ve really learned a lot.”
She also enjoyed Gillette’s friendly culture and the pride so many people take in their local history and ancestry, which she hasn’t run into much back home in Western Michigan.
“I was surprised by how many people would drop by just to show us their pictures or tell us stories,” she said. “People at home don’t really do that.”
She got another culture shock when a couple of volunteers took her on a day trip to Devil’s Tower and through neighboring cities and towns. Up until this point, a small town for her was about 5,000 people, and she had no idea that towns with single-digits even existed.
“It’s really different out here,” she said with a laugh.
The presentation is free and open to the public. For more questions about the event or internship program, call (307) 682-5723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org