As we wrap up our internship this week, we documented a typical day in the Student Historian Program to give you a behind-the-scenes look at our work!
By Julie Effron, Evani Ricaldi, Melissa Cepeda, Fariha Jeny, and Ben Farrell
There’s no time for rest during the Student Historians’ mornings! Luckily, we are surrounded by beautiful artwork and large windows, which help everyone wake up in the morning.
Ready with open laptops and cold bottles of water, everyone is working with their groups to improve their tours. We have a tour with fellows from the Opportunity Network (a NYC program that serves low-income public high school students into their college careers) later this morning, and we are all so excited!
This is Melissa, part of Group Five, giving her tour to Opportunity Network. Melissa’s tour is stopped at Art as Activism, one of her personal favorites! In her tour, Melissa discusses the American labor movements during the 1930s and how voting rights have and continue to impact the future of the United States. Her goal is to show visitors that we can share our opinions through social movements, no matter our age!
Here are a bunch of us heading out to get lunch. We can dine at Shake Shack, Chipotle, Lenny’s, Subway and so much more. Julie even tried Chipotle for the first time! “I love it but I get a little overwhelmed with the different options,” stated Julie who favors bowls over burritos. “The burritos are too much for me.”
As of recently, there has been a trend of it raining during our one–hour lunch break. While it is true that a little rain has never hurt anyone, it has definitely forced a lot of Student Historians to walk through the Museum doors completely drenched to their very core. But that won’t ever stop us from making the trek to Shake Shack!
Lunch is over and thankfully it didn’t rain today! We frequently visit other museums to learn about teaching techniques and other topics in history. Today we are venturing to the Museum of the City of New York via bus!
Fun Fact: It was Evani’s first time on a New York City bus (according to her, it is very different from a New Jersey bus—how exciting).
Stay tuned and we’ll update you on our museum adventure!
Squinting and in squat poses, the historian crew is ready for a group picture! The crew made it to the Museum of the City of New York, where we toured their permanent Activist New York exhibit. Despite the heat and the strong sun, the visit was a success. We especially loved seeing the theme of activism in another museum setting! It gave us some inspiration for our own tours at N-YHS!
It’s three o’clock! You know that means! Student Historians head to the 81st Street subway stop to head home. For some students, the trip is longer than others. The B and C trains come to this station, but for some historians, the trip home includes a ride on NJ transit into New Jersey. It was a busy but great day. See you all tomorrow!