We are happy to welcome Emily Lang to our curatorial staff. Emily is not entirely new to OHS. As a student she interned with us for the past two summers assisting to research, prepare and install multiple exhibits.
Here is Emily’s story of how she decided to pursue a career in museums:
Appreciation for Ohio history runs deep in my family; my grandfather was a local politician who not only attended the opening of the Ohio History Center in 1970, but also donated his papers to OHS. I grew up in Columbus, so every summer, my family would visit OHS, COSI, and the Columbus Museum of Art. One of my earliest museum memories is walking around Ohio Village with a root beer flavored candy stick and watching the blacksmith work away in his shop.
When I went to Kent State University, I decided to major in history, not knowing what else I could do with a history degree other than teach. After interning with the Kent State University Museum, I stumbled across an opportunity to intern with OHS in collections and curatorial. My first day included a tour of the warehouse where I got to see everything from an airplane to gowns worn by Miss America Jackie Mayer, which left me wondering where I was and how I had ended up there. I fell in love with the interesting, and often very bizarre, opportunities with museum work and decided to pursue a career in it.
I attended graduate school at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, pursuing my M.A. in History Museum Studies, after working with CGP alum Cameron Wood and Lesley Poling at OHS. I spent a summer at the Museum at Bethel Woods (the home of the 1969 Woodstock Festival) as a curatorial assistant where I got to work with music, clothing, and other artifacts from the 1960s (I even got to meet Ringo Starr!) I was also fortunate to spend a year and a half at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in photo archives and curatorial, where I most recently worked on an exhibition about baseball scouts.
I look forward to the challenges and opportunities as a curator at OHS; hopefully someday, I will even get to work with my grandfather’s donations in the collections!