While today college and university students who wish to gain work experience become summer interns, a Georgian tradesperson would be left scratching his or her head at the term. They would, however, appreciate able young workers eager to learn their trade, and to perform the all-purpose "other duties as assigned."
These two young women are two of the 2014 summer interns for the Margaret Hunter shop in Colonial Williamsburg, and last week their "other duties" included posing for photographs for this blog. It only seemed fair to show them how they appear for work each day in the shop, dressed as 18th c. seamstresses for the mantua-makers.
On the left is Rosa Leon Lumagbas, who is pursuing her MA in Costume Studies at New York University. On the right is Monica Geraffo, who is pursuing her BFA in Screen Arts & Cultures at the University of Michigan. Many thanks to them both, and I wish them the best of luck with their studies and careers.
Several of the Historic Trades in Colonial Williamsburg accept summer interns. Interns are chosen early in the year for the coming summer season. If you are a student interested in applying to the Margaret Hunter shop for next summer, the requirements and the call for applications for 2015 will be announced on the shop's Facebook page.
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.