Meet our '18-19 Museum Studies Interns!
Maggie Gorski focused on Collections Processing in the Foundation’s archives, under the supervision of Lisa Lobdell, certified archivist. Maggie sorted and organized the Frankie Randall arrangements and began processing, leaving the collections in a spot where another can finish. Fans will remember Frankie Randall being Frank Sinatra’s “favorite piano player” who received many of Sinatra’s arrangements. Maggie has been involved in music since the age of eight and studied the French horn for ten years, with a focus on compositions by classical composers. She holds a double Bachelor’s degree in history and general music. She has enjoyed learning about another side of music, the Songbook, which she did not study in school. Maggie says she is excited for the Songbook Foundation in this stage of growth. She will continue to play with the Scottish Rite Indianapolis Orchestra. Her experience here informed her career decisions. She has accepted a two-year position with the Collection Ranking Project at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.
Laura C. Mortell worked as Education Programs intern, on a variety of projects, with input from Cathy Burton. Laura put together updated contact information for schools to learn of the free traveling Songbook exhibitions. She has been part of the Perfect Harmony team receiving formal training with Music Therapist Allegra Sorley. Laura also led song selections and discussion during Perfect Harmony sessions. Laura’s on-going major contribution was the research, writing and production of a unit and replicas kit focused on the Andrews Sisters. The resources will be published in the fall of 2019 on the Songbook website and tie to the traveling exhibition, The Andrews Sisters: Queens of the Jukebox. Laura located supplementary materials to place in a kit that will further relate to students and their interests. While Laura interned at the Songbook, she also had her final classes and worked at her full-time position at Conner Prairie. We applaud Laura’s organizational talents and her ability to time-travel from the here-and-now, to the 1940s, to the past of Prairie Town of 1836, and back to 2019.