Calvin College history intern helps FHS computerize artifacts

Fallasburg village & covered bridge intrigue Calvin College history intern

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI- It was the famous Fallasburg Covered Bridge wooden span over the Flat River, that enticed former Calvin College student Katelyn Bosch to the Fallasburg historical village.

Bosch started the internship offered jointly by the Fallasburg Historical Society and the Lowell Area Historical Museum (LAHM) in February.

The Misner House
History intern Katelyn Bosch helped organize FHS artifacts.

She got hands-on experience under the mentorship of LAHM director Lisa Plank and FHS president Ken Tamke.

“The FHS was looking to get their collections organized and preserved,” she said.

Bosch sorted through photos printed on tin photographs aka lithographs.

Bosch especially enjoyed pictures from the area Women’s Clubs, as well as poems from John W. Fallas.

“I helped with organizing of the artifacts so the historical society can effectively manage the collection,” she said.

Bosch mainly worked on artifacts from the Misner House, approximately 170 artifacts. However, there are three times as many left, according to Bosch.

The digitalized collection includes pictures of documents and people connected to the Misner House. An online project under the auspices of the LAHM will make the collections of the area historical museums accessible to the public at large in the near future.

Fallasburg one-room school.
Fallasburg schoolhouse museum.

“The goals of the internship were to begin the process of computerizing and organizing the Fallasburg collection while introducing Katelyn to museum collection management methods,” said Plank.

Bosch concentrated on two-dimensional artifacts including photographs, letter and documents.

“Katelyn’s work forms the foundation of the ongoing process of organizing the society’s collection,” Plank said. “In the future, it will be available to the public.”

Tamke said that the digital capturing and cataloguing of the FHS pictures, documents and artifacts is extremely important.

“It will give access, when “The Past Online” goes live, to scholars, history buffs, genealogists and schoolchildren alike,” said Tamke. “It may help us identify pictures without names and fill in some blanks of our history.”

The FHS is proud to be on the ground floor of “The Past Online” website which has been specifically developed for the Lowell museum by Jeff Ostrander.

“Our intern Katelyn Bosch from Calvin College has been wonderful to work with,” said Tamke. “She has helped me to understand and become proficient with the data entry tasks she has undertaken with our accession pieces.”

The FHS wishes Bosch the best in her post-graduate studies in University of West Virginia’s Public Administration program.

“It also cannot be understated, the importance of this collaboration with Lisa Plank and the Lowell Museum,” said Tamke. “Lisa has shared her knowledge with Katelyn Bosch, making her internship of great value in the world of small museum management.”

Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual Fallasburg Village Bazaar to be held on Sept. 17 & Sept.18 at the Fallasburg village.

 

To be continued……Finding history online

 

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