The Claremore Museum of History has three summer interns working on projects of long-term significance to the museum and anyone interested in Claremore history.
Northeastern State University graduate students Kayte Anton and John Wesley Turner and Rogers State University undergraduate student Mackenzie Cooper are collectively digitizing over 2,000 museum artifacts for the creation of an electronic research database.
Claremore Museum of History Executive Director and Curator Andy Couch said, “Hopefully we can launch those online for people to enjoy, and it will be great for research.”
This is the fourth group of summer interns to assist the museum.
Anton and Turner are currently pursuing their master’s degrees in American studies. Cooper is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in studio art.
Turner is cataloguing the Andy Payne collection, over 500 artifacts.
Anton is cataloguing the Lynn Riggs collection, with close to 1,000 items.
Cooper is cataloguing everything in the museum library, including all of Lynn Riggs’ books, various Claremore yearbooks, books related to Claremore and Oklahoma history, and the personal book collection of Andy Payne.
“It’s a lot, but she’s doing it,” Couch said. “Our whole collection of books here is right under a thousand.”
“We are so excited to work with RSU and the art department,” Couch said.
Professional photographer Katie Gilbert volunteered her time to shoot each item.
Each item will be featured in a finding aid for researchers and the general public to peruse.
“We obviously can’t have all of that on display at the same time,” Couch said, “but we are getting things organized so that the public can view them and students here in town can do research.”