Governors State University College of Arts and Sciences
Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
INTERNSHIP at the PARK FOREST HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Index Number: HIST4800
Fall, 2014; 1-4 Credits
Instructor: Prof. David Hamilton Golland
Site Supervisor: Ms. Jane Niccol, Archivist
Online Course Guide
Consists of field experience with an American history-related business or public agency. The student will work under the supervision of an individual at the internship agency and a member of the history faculty.
Restriction: Open to history majors with at least 24 hours of upper-division history credits; or in the final year of enrollment before graduation; and/or by permission of the instructor.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor and site supervisor.
Requirements: Prior to beginning the internship, students must complete the required internship application form, submit a detailed description of their planned activities and educational objectives for the internship, and make arrangements with an internship site to host them for the internship.
Rationale: An internship is an integral part of Governors State University's History program. The vast amount of history-related business or public agency resources located in the Chicago land and southern Chicago suburban area give our students a unique opportunity to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to a real-world setting, hone their public history skills, and begin developing a network of professional contacts.
Intended Audience: Students who wish to apply the theories, principles, and methods of historical study in a practical work environment. By participating in this course, students will learn both conceptual and applied approaches to the study of history and will be better prepared for a variety of history career opportunities.
Instructional Modality: Supervisory course.
Required Readings: A site-specific reading list will be developed in consultation with the faculty supervisor and on-site coordinator. The total readings should be approximately 150 -300 pages in length.
Student Learning Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Discuss how the workplace experience utilized the studentís historical training
Appraise internship activity.
Discuss how the educational objectives as defined in the internship application have been fulfilled.
Explain how academic training as a historian can be applied in professional workplaces and to advance the work of public history and/or academic institutions and organizations.
Evaluation: In order to pass the internship, students must fulfill their original educational objectives, receive a favorable review from their internship site supervisor, and submit all required assignments.
Internship-Specific Description: (Top)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced nearly $30,000,000 in grants to museums across the nation. Park Forest Historical Society is receiving one of the 244 Awards. The society will be receiving $22,701 through the Museums for America Collections Stewardship grant program for a two-year project to begin entering collections into a PastPerfect Collection Maintenance Database, improving intellectual and legal control and making them more accessible to residents, visitors to the museum, authors, scholars, students, and publishers. The project will cover collections held by the society in the 1950s Park Forest House Museum, located at 141 Forest Blvd, and in the Park Forest Local History Collection and Archive, maintained at 227 Monee Road, co-owned by the Library. Some of the Local History Collection is held at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd.
Grant monies provided by IMLS will purchase the PastPerfect Museum Software, add-ons, training CD-ROMS, online training, training manuals and support for two years. Grant monies will also purchase a computer to store the database on, a printer-scanner- copier, paper and ink, and pay for 8 hours of staff time. Included in the cost-share are many hours from volunteers who will be recruited and trained over the next few months.
Volunteers for accessioning of collection and data entry into PastPerfect Collections Maintenance Database.
Fluent in English language.
Able to take detailed instruction and training.
Able to read detailed information.
Able to type detailed information into appropriate categories in the template.
Able to type with sufficient speed and accuracy.
Possess clear handwriting for marking collections with accession numbers.
Works well in a group project, with sufficient communication and feedback skills.
Ideal candidates will be able to commit four hours per week for up to 50 hours per week, for two years. We realize this may be difficult, and are willing to work with volunteers who can offer smaller time commitments, for less than two years. We still very much need for these volunteers to be able to give a number of hours, to return our investment in training.
Able to discern importance of the collection to researchers' needs over time, and to extract appropriate details from the records which will aid volunteers and researchers in connecting with collection materials.
Works independently, or with others as required.
The collection work will be done on in the Archive Office of the Society, in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 227 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL 60466.
A = excellent
B = good
C = satisfactory
F = unsatisfactory
Office Hours: (Top)
Please select a half-hour from the list of dates below and request an appointment.
Prof. Golland cannot guarantee that he will be available without an appointment.
Prof. Golland's office is in Hantack House, rm. 115.
Hantack House is the white farmhouse next to the red barn, near where alumni path crosses the main entrance road.
Tuesday, 8/26: 2:00-4:30
Thursday, 8/28: 2:00-4:30
Tuesday, 9/2: 2:00-4:30
Thursday, 9/4: 3:30-4:30
Tuesday, 9/9: 2:00-4:15
Thursday, 9/11: 2:00-4:30
Monday, 9/15: 2:00-4:30
Tuesday, 9/16: 2:00-4:30
Tuesday, 9/23: 2:00-4:30
Thursday, 9/25: 2:00-4:30
Tuesday, 9/30: 2:00-4:30
Wednesday, 10/1: 9:30-12:30
Tuesday, 10/7: 2:00-4:30
Thursday, 10/9: 4:00-5:00
Tuesday, 10/14: 3:15-4:30
Thursday, 10/16: 3:15-5:30
Tuesday, 10/21: 2:00-4:30
Thursday, 10/23: 2:00-4:30
Tuesday, 10/28: 2:45-4:30
Thursday, 10/30: 2:00-5:15
Monday, 11/3: 2:00-5:15
Tuesday, 11/4: 2:45-4:30
Tuesday, 11/11: 2:00-4:30
Thursday, 11/13: 2:00-4:30
Monday, 11/17: 2:00-4:30
Tuesday, 11/18: 2:00-4:30
Tuesday, 12/2: 2:00-4:30
Thursday, 12/4: 3:30-4:30
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Contact Information: (Top)
David Hamilton Golland
Assistant Professor and Coordinator of History and Social Sciences
Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
Governors State University
Office Location: Hantack 115
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