How are you connected to the Montshire?
I work at the reception desk and the Museum Store.
I greet visitors, answer questions about exhibits and activities, and help people make their gift selections.
Why do you choose to be involved?
I would say "why not?" It is a great place to work! I love science and interacting with people, especially kids, so the Montshire is the place to be.
When was the first time you came to the Montshire?
It was 14 years ago when I moved to the Upper Valley. I came to the Museum and from what I saw I knew it was a wonderful place to be, so I filled out a volunteer application. Later, when reception transitioned to a staff function, I became a regular employee.
What is your favorite exhibit?
How about two? With so many great exhibits it is really difficult to choose only one. My two favorite exhibits are the leafcutter ants and 109 Degrees Below Zero (when it's on the floor). I find the ants really amazing. They are such small and simple animals but able to create such an organized and complex colony that runs so efficiently. 109 Degrees Below Zero I also find mesmerizing. The clouds of gas it creates have such a mystic feel.
What do you wish everyone knew about the Museum?
The museum is not just for children! Adults have at least as much fun as the children.
Is there one word you would use to describe the Museum?
What do you wish we could do more of in the future?
I wish we could offer the "Enchanted Forest" program again, which took place around Halloween. It included a trail walk after dark with different people playing the part of the animals along the trail.
What do you find most rewarding about working at the Montshire?
A smile on a person's face is the best reward—knowing they've had a really good experience.
What is the best kept secret at the Montshire?
Our network of trails and the secrets they hold in the different seasons.
What is your favorite Montshire story to tell?
Just a few years after I started working here, a child was having difficulty leaving the museum and kept on saying he wanted to sleep in the Museum. His mother convinced him the next time around they would think about it. Just before they left, the child came up to me and asked if he could he stay with me. I will always remember the pleading look in his eyes.