Brogdon-Grantham, who attended two similar UD summer programs in arts
and humanities while an undergraduate at Spelman, returned to Delaware
in summer 2012 as a teaching assistant in that year’s Summer Institute.
The experiences at UD led her to choose art conservation as a career.
“Being involved in this program has really made a difference in my
experience and my perspective,” she said. “I had the tremendous
experience of being mentored here, and now as a co-instructor, I’m
mentoring other students.”
She described this year’s participants as “great students, energetic
and enthusiastic” and said they absorbed so much information that they
will be able to work productively and independently at their home
institutions. And, she noted, they can always call on herself, Norris
and others in the UD network when needed.
For April Baldwin, a new graduate of Tuskegee University who is doing
an internship with an archivist there, the institute was a chance to
see new aspects of the subject about which she is passionate.
“I love history, I’ve always loved history, and I’ve been looking for
a specialty and a way to get some training in it,” she said. “In just
the first three days of this program, I feel like my knowledge about
conservation has just skyrocketed.”
Anthony Freeman, a student at Hampton University, agreed.
“This has been very valuable,” said Freeman, who plans to attend
graduate school in history. “It’s made me see how history and
conservation go hand in hand. It’s been an enriching experience for me.”
McHenry described a new appreciation she gained for photography and the way it helps tell stories of the past.
“Today, we take photographs for granted,” she said. “Everybody takes
selfies, and we take so many digital photos all the time, everywhere we
go. But these old photographs were really rare and valuable, and they
need to be cared for and preserved.”
As a result of the workshop, the students have launched what Norris
called “a new and exciting advocacy and outreach campaign” on their home
campuses. A video, titled “Every Day is a Museum,” can be seen here.