Last time you met Caitie; now its time to meet James! James is diving deep into the history of the house, and also prepping to carry on our application for National Historic Landmark status. We’ll let James take it from here…
Why Campbell House? I definitely wanted to do a history internship before graduating in December 2016, and the History Department placed me at this great museum and historical residence. I was unfamiliar with the Campbell House before my internship but I am eager to delve into its past.
What are you working on at CHM? Currently, I am studying the history of the house and the Campbells in order to give tours, while my internship project will be researching and amending documents toward the Campbell House Museum’s application to become a National Historic Landmark (carrying on an internship project that will continue for several more years).
When you aren’t having a blast at Campbell House, what are you doing? Usually, I am too busy with homework to do much else! However, in my free time I enjoy biking around our great city, vegetable gardening, singing karaoke, cooking, and partaking in the great microbrewery culture of St. Louis.
What is your favorite thing about CHM so far? So far, my favorite part about the Campbell House Museum is the decor. One of my favorite periods in history is the Victorian Era and to be immersed in a room like the Campbell’s parlor transports me back to that time.
iPhone or Android? Haha, currently neither. I have an old cell phone and have yet to upgrade to a smart phone. I will soon though, probably [One of our staff members recently “bit the bullet”, so to say, and made that transition recently too. The ranks of the “dumb phones” dwindle…].
Favorite color? My favorite color is green because it is the color of plants.
Favorite band/singer? David Bowie was and is my favorite musician. I was shocked like everyone else when he recently passed away, though the public outpouring of sympathy and respect for him and his music was impressive and comforting [The Groniger Museum in the Netherlands is representing museums well by extending hours to an exhibit they have about Bowie].
Andy Warhol said that everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame. What happened in your 15 minutes? I would hope it involves a sci-fi book that I am writing, and hopefully I’d be famous for how good it is rather than its wonderful abilities as a paperweight.
If you could live in a book, which one and why? I would live in a world of The Phantom Tollbooth. I first read it in grade school over 20 years ago, and still I wish I could eat words, mine for numbers, keep sounds in boxes, and listen to a symphony play music that paints the skies.