My favorite memories from Roberts came from the History Department’s trip to Italy. I could finally understand that the events of the past were not merely amazing stories or great lessons that could be applied to my life; people of the present are still connected to those events. The actions of people in the past reverberate through time and impact how we live, think, and speak. In Italy, it was far easier to see this than in such a young country as America.
I have my M.A. in Museum Studies and now work at a facility where I work with museums and galleries every day. I am the Client Service Manager at Fortress in New York City. I work with clients domestically & internationally from beginning to end, handling their artifacts, paintings, manuscripts, and textiles. I schedule pickups, deliveries, & installations, perform condition reports, inventory every item that enters the facility, and manage the art handlers. I have worked with everything from contemporary art to classical works & the impressionists, dinosaur fossils to ancient artifacts from Greece & Italy, sports memorabilia to collections from the golden age of Hollywood. It is truly the most diverse position, and I would never have imagined I would get to do this job.
There is no way a person can work in the field of history and not have a liberal arts education. History is made up of mathematicians, scientists, sociologists, doctors, nurses, teachers, farmers, bankers, police, governments, etc. How can anyone study archeology or work in a museum setting and not be familiar with all aspects of life? In order to work with my clients and manage their collections, I have to be familiar with their occupations and know the story behind those objects that I will be handling.
- Karoline Schwenker