Meet the Interns » Hannah


In today’s install­ment of our pop­u­lar “Meet the Intern” series, we’re giv­ing our howdy-dos to Han­nah, who has been a famil­iar smil­ing face around the Muse­um since the spring when her class from Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty paid us a vis­it. [Edi­to­r­i­al com­ment: She’s a smar­ty AND she has awe­some taste in dresses.]

What are you study­ing and where?
I grad­u­at­ed from Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty in St. Louis in 2012, with a BFA in paint­ing and art his­to­ry and a minor in history.

Why Camp­bell House?
I first vis­it­ed with a class on Amer­i­can cul­tur­al remem­brance and real­ly enjoyed view­ing the arti­facts in each room as wit­ness­es to the Camp­bell sto­ry. His­toric house muse­ums are my favorite sites to vis­it as a tourist, so I am enthu­si­as­tic to explore the col­lec­tion and expe­ri­ence how it relates to vis­i­tors. I’m also orig­i­nal­ly from Philadel­phia, so the Camp­bells add an impor­tant dimen­sion to how I con­tin­ue to under­stand St. Louis his­to­ry through mate­r­i­al culture.

What are you going to work on at CHM over the summer?
I am research­ing how the Camp­bell fam­i­ly has been char­ac­ter­ized through let­ters, por­traits and pho­tographs com­bined with the his­to­ry of how this infor­ma­tion has been pre­sent­ed in the muse­um. What aspects of the family’s per­son­al lives have been con­sis­tent­ly engag­ing to vis­i­tors, and where do these nar­ra­tives come from? Using this mate­r­i­al, I also plan to write an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary edu­ca­tion pro­gram that focus­es on visu­al art in the collection.

When you aren’t slav­ing away at Camp­bell House, what are you doing?
I am a gallery teach­ing intern at Saint Louis Art Muse­um, a researcher in Amer­i­can Cul­ture Stud­ies at Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty, and an artist assis­tant. I’m also study­ing Recon­struc­tion-era tourism, learn­ing how to dri­ve (and park!) in St. Louis and dream­ing up poten­tial art projects – some­times all while re-watch­ing Down­ton Abbey.

What’s your favorite thing about Camp­bell House so far?
The fam­i­ly’s oys­ter plate and in the archives, a very the­atri­cal tran­script titled “Robert Campbell’s Romance” (1948) an episode in “The Land We Live In” radio series, pro­duced by the Union Elec­tric Com­pa­ny. I like imag­in­ing the lis­ten­ers swooning…and then com­ing to the house to see if the tale was actu­al­ly true!

Favorite Sand­wich:

Favorite Book:
Cold Moun­tain – I’ve been read­ing it off and on for the past four years, because I have to start over each time to remem­ber what the sto­ry looks like! My favorite book that I’ve actu­al­ly fin­ished is A Tree Grows in Brook­lyn.