Anne Ray Intern
Alaska Native Kelsey Potdevin has been chosen as a 2011–2012 Anne Ray Intern. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Colby College, graduating cum laude. According to Kelsey, “As a history major, I chose courses that explored the heritage of peoples in North America and around the world. This has inspired me to look back, protect my own culture, and give it the academic dignity I have seen other cultures receive.”
In 2010, Kelsey volunteered at the Alaska State Museum, where she contributed to updating the museum’s website and assisted with paperwork for loans and acquisitions. It was here that she became aware of how cultural artwork affects the present and future. She notes that “Artwork chronicles our story, giving us wisdom for the future. We owe it to our ancestors to respect it properly.”
With a new cultural heritage center being planned in her hometown of Juneau, Kelsey would like to be eligible for a position therein. She understands that to be eligible, she will need to gain more experience and earn a graduate degree. Kelsey believes that the internship will help her achieve this goal in terms of preparing her for graduate studies in Museum Studies and furthering her museology skills. Ultimately, she wants to work in museums to help protect and understand the past.
While at SAR, she will work to reach these goals by spending half of her time working on collections/ registration projects, and the other half of her time working on academic/education programming projects. Kelsey is of Athabascan heritage and will be in residence at SAR from September 1, 2011–May 31, 2012.
Sponsored by Anne Ray Charitable Trust