Three Milton students: Anna Childress (I), Charlie Perkins (II), and Amanda Pasko (III) are currently researching new works of art at the Forbes House Museum. The museum, just a short walk from main campus, is dedicated to art and historical artifacts related to early nineteenth century Chinese trading. The house itself originally belonged to Captain Robert Bennett Forbes, a nineteenth century captain most notable for the grueling two-year trading voyage he led to China between 1838 and 1840.Over the summer of 2011, Gloria DeAngelis, a retired K-12 Administrator from Canton, MA, donated a number of artifacts to the museum. Executive museum director Robin Tagliafarri shares that, through their research, Anna, Charlie, and Amanda aim to determine that “origin, date, intended use, and cultural significance of each artifact.” The information they compile will serve as background material for Forbes House docents, who work to enhance history classes in local schools through educational outreach programs.
Charlie was “surprised” when he learned what he would be doing to help the docents. “I thought I’d be sorting and doing mindless work…our time really does feel like an internship. Volunteer work does not correctly describe this job.”
Charlie and Amanda were originally inspired by an internship that Anna took at the museum for the duration of the 2010-11 school year, along with Juwon Kim (I). As interns, Anna and Juwon conducted research focused mainly on the relationship between Captain Forbes and his dog, Flora.
The Forbes House Museum has provided these three students with an opportunity to apply their academic skills in the real world. Always open to new interns, the Forbes House is an excellent opportunity for any students interested in History or Art History looking to better the community and to work with others who share their interest.
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