Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.
I spent the first three weeks of my internship expanding my knowledge of Theodore Roosevelt as well as of the early 1900’s. I then devoted the following two weeks to understanding, memorizing, and learning how to properly convey an enormous amount of information. After doing so and becoming familiar with the structure of the site itself, I began giving guiding tours as an official docent. My first day as a docent I nervously sat behind the circulation desk along with two other very experienced volunteers. We alternated leading tour groups through the exhibits.
What began as “homework” for my internship developed into a hobby and interest in the 1900’s and Theodore Roosevelt. Not only did I acquire a tremendous amount of knowledge from the Site’s visitors, books, and documents, I became genuinely interested and therefore more involved in the work I was doing for the TR site. I believe that my willingness to learn and enthusiasm contributed greatly to the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, as the Site positively influenced my historical education. This experience has evoked a great passion and appreciation for the National Parks and Buffalo’s Historical Society. I will definitely continue to volunteer my time at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site and continue to expand my knowledge of the historical importance of Buffalo.