The Minnesota Historical Society's volunteer and intern programs welcome people from all communities to engage in mission-related projects. Over 2,660 volunteers and interns contribute 53,400 hours hours annually. This diverse volunteer corps helps to achieve the MNHS mission — Using the Power of History to Transform Lives.
Contributing to Long Term Preservation at the Hill House
Cordelia worked at the Hill House as a summer Collections Assistant Intern. She created an inventory of architectural detail and building fragments.This work supports the overall inventory of program use materials. Cordelia identified over 222 unique items which are now cataloged with descriptions, quantities, and locations. Cordelia, learned artifact handling skills, and best practices for inventory through hands on experience. This project is an essential part of long term preservation of the site. Knowledge of the resources we have for research and replication of original architectural and building parts will allow MNHS to continue to learn more about the house itself, and maintain its authenticity now and for generations to come.
A thank you from Cordelia’s supervisor: The work that Cordelia completed over the summer will have a long term impact on the preservation work at the site and will be an invaluable tool for many years into the future. We are also so grateful Cordelia not only was able to do incredibly detailed work but also had an excellent sense of humor and was willing to work her internship hours where the objects were located which meant many hours working in closets and moving around tour groups. The site is better positioned for the future because of Cordelia! Thank you, Cordelia!