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Patricia Loyola-Elliot

History - The Longstreet Historic Piedmont Hotel & Museum

How did you hear about your internship?

I first learned about the museum from Dr. Douglas Young, Professor of Political Science and History, here at UNG. I was enrolled in his class and, at the end of the semester, Dr. Young invited the classroom to an extra credit opportunity at the Longstreet Historic Piedmont Hotel & Museum. It turned out to be an amazing learning experience about General James Longstreet, involving aspects of early U. S. History and the American Civil War. I fell in love with the place. When the opportunity came along for an internship in History, I had no doubt that I wanted to be a part of the museum’s family.

What has been the most valuable (or favorite) part of the experience?

My library assignment. I had no previous experience working in a library. The museum’s curator, and my mentor, Mr. Richard Pilcher wanted to reorganize the museum’s Matthew Reynolds Library. Combining the help from my friends at the museum, from our lovely staff at the UNG library, and the guidance of Dr. Phillip Guerty, I was able to rebuild the library’s structure from a hand-drawn map into an adapted version of the Library of Congress system. Although this is still an ongoing project, it has been a very rewarding and delightful learning experience during my time at UNG.

How will this help you in the future?

Working for the library project, made me understand even more the importance of the Internship Program. It is not about just having a job related to your field. It is a gifted journey to endless learning possibilities. I am truly grateful for my time at the museum. I look forward to continue serving them, as a volunteer, after my graduation.

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