A new year has arrived, which means a new semester and new faces around the Museum! The CHM crew is excited to welcome two interns to our ranks for the Spring Semester, and this week we’re pleased to introduce Danielle, an undergraduate intern from UMSL’s History Department with a passion for 19th century Europe. Even though she’s only been with Campbell House for a couple of weeks now, she’s already done an impressive amount of research, a few collections preservation projects and was a huge help in undecorating the Museum for Christmas. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Danielle!
What are you studying and where? I’m studying History with a minor in Art History at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Why Campbell House? I chose CHM because I have a great interest in 19th century history, and for the unique role that the Campbell Family played in St. Louis history.
What are you working on at CHM? I am helping to research and compose a nomination to designate the Campbell House Museum a National Historic Landmark. (Editorial note: This is no small project! NHL status is the highest achievable designation by a private historic site in the United States. The application process that Danielle is beginning can take up to five years to complete and will have to be approved by the Secretary of the Interior.)
When you aren’t having a blast at Campbell House, what are you doing? I’m always reading something. I also really enjoy exploring the city, hiking and traveling.
What it your favorite thing about CHM so far? I have fallen in love with the little things throughout the house that tell the story of the people who lived here. The stained glass, the art, the textiles – they all give you an incredibly intimate look into what life was like for St. Louis and the Campbell Family.
iPhone or Android? iPhone
Favorite Color? Pine green
Favorite Band/Singer? Iron and Wine
Andy Warhol said that everyone gets 15 minutes of fame. What happened in your 15 minutes? Andy Warhol had a pretty glamorous life. I’ve had a thousand incredible moments, but none of them particularly glamorous. Last Spring my husband and I hiked to the highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains, and standing on that peak, looking out over the land made me feel alive. Given the chance, I would choose that over fame. (Editorial note: How’s THAT for an answer?!)
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Jane Eyre.