“The best part of working at a museum for the first time was discovering that there’s a kind of “secret Sotterley” that not everybody gets to see - from the behind the scenes work of the museum’s operation to the site stories,” stated Franck. “It was an awesome opportunity to witness the changes that Sotterley Plantation is making. I love that previously stored collections have been unveiled to the world and that the Interpretation Committee coupled the objects with personal stories from a wide range of characters from the past. Even better was feeling like I was at all a part of it, and getting to delve into the collections with JeannePirtle.”
As part of the IMLS Re-Interpretation Project, she assisted Dr. Kenneth Cohen, Professor of History and Museum Studies atSMCM and Sotterley Education Director, Jeanne Pirtle. In this realm, she transcribed oral histories and prepared excerpts from the next phase of this project – the production of streaming video for the website and the film which will be shown at the SotterleyVisitor Center.
During the research aspect of the internship, Franck focused on the Herbert Satterlee and the Colonial Revival Era at Sotterley. Her assistance with evaluating research obtained from the Maryland State Archives on farming and tax records revealed the buildings and their locations during Satterlee’s ownership. Franck’s research was used in the creation of the new Plantation House tour experience, looking at the over 300 years of history through the lens of the Colonial Revival time period.
The Larder Project also benefited from Franck’s time and attention, adding a new room to the guided tour. Combining past and recently obtained research, she was part of the team to choose specific pieces for inclusion from the Sotterley collection and from other sources.
Additionally, Franck worked in the Sotterley Archives, which were in desperate need of being reorganized and she successfully put into effect a usable cataloging system for retrieving information concisely and efficiently.
“Juliana was absolute joy to have here at Sotterley,” stated Pirtle. “This internship was a rich experience for both the site and for Juliana.”