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A Summer in the Archives

Anna Rusch ’10 spent her summer at the Chautauqua Institution Archives in Chautauqua, N.Y. working as an intern in the archives. As an art history major, Rusch says it was a perfect place to spend her summer. “Chautauqua is a unique summer community where people come to enjoy art, music, religion and literature.”

“My summer in the archives has opened my eyes to what a job really entails. I am grateful that I had this opportunity because this exposure has sharpened my career goals and has solidified my desire to be in a museum atmosphere,” she says. “The classes at the archives center were interesting and I learned about the history of practicing archiving.”

With a minor in history, Rusch says she enjoys learning about the history of archiving: a first time experience for her.

When asked about her most memorable moment, Rusch explains “The most exciting part of my summer was the fifth week of the season. The theme for that week was “What Makes Us Moral.” The guest speaker was Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace prize winner and author of 40 plus books with his most famous being “Night.”

Earlier in the spring of 2008, Rusch traveled to Poland and Germany for the March of Remembrance and Hope.  On the trip, Rusch explains she became more aware of the horrors of the Holocaust while seeing the camps.

While at Chautauqua, Rusch not only heard Wiesel speak publicly, but was also given the amazing opportunity to sit in on a private discussion with him. “I am so grateful for the opportunity.”