It was our final Saturday in Akron, so a group of us went back to the Countryside Conservancy Farmers Market for some more delicious food. Between the chocolate-hazelnut croissants, fresh strawberries…
…dumplings, and pies it was hard to know where to start! But several of the students opted for…
Blackberries and cream popsicles! That’s breakfast-y…right?
After the market we were back at the Center for a bit more work on the blog posts (they will be posted later this week!)
It looks so empty without all of our piles…
…and then to the Mustard Seed for dinner and some shopping. Another successful day – only 4 more days to go! Where has the time gone?
Huzzah! WE DID IT! The Schopler collection is officially processed!
We received a lot of behind-the-scenes help from the wonderful staff at the Cummings Center. We couldn’t have done it without Rhonda Rinehart, the special collections manager,
Our group with Rhonda — even the emotion display models are happy that we have finished!
and Emily Gainer, the Special Collections Librarian.
The wall of boxes around Emily’s desk has not kept us from asking her lots of questions!
After finishing up we celebrated with some coffee at Starbucks! We also met with Dr. Ray Stanley, a human factors psychologist, who spoke with us about what it is like working in an applied psychology field.
Our group with Ray Stanley at the Starbucks (which is also our regular breakfast spot)
Next up, finalizing the FUSE content and blog posts so that we can share all of the cool stuff that we have learned. Stay tuned! The adventure isn’t over quite yet!
After 7 full days of sorting and organizing…
Jenn and Alissa are pleased that the piles are getting smaller!
So many discarded metal paperclips! (Can you find the lone “approved” plastic clip in the picture?)
…foldering, labeling, boxing up…
Poor Alyssa got stuck with the task of boxing up all of the slides!
…and entering the data into the finding aid, we thought that we had finished processing the Schopler collection!
Could it be that we have finished???
Mary and Kieran receiving some bad news…
What is that in the corner???
Noooooo! One last box!!!
After four days away from the Center we were back at sorting with a vengeance. We had three sections to finish organizing — Biography, TEACCH, and Correspondence — and we made a significant dent! Only professional correspondence remains. The rest of the collection is in folders and boxes.
Mary and Kieran started working on the finding aid,
Yes! Creating a finding aid IS as fun as Mary makes it look…
…and Dov began scanning images for our FUSE page.
There is a lot of enthusiasm today! Perhaps the progress is going to our heads…
With only three full days left at the Center it will be a sprint to the end. Do you think we will finish in time???
Today was an exciting day! We had a field trip!
Mary and Kieran are excited about our field trip!
We went to Cleveland to meet up with Dennis and Kathy Barrie, the team who are designing the new Cummings Center for the History of Psychology Museum. They have a very impressive resume — between the two of them they have designed the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH, the Mob Museum in Las Vegas and they are currently working on the U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs. They shared their background and how they became involved in museum design. They also spoke with us about their process for designing museum spaces and shared the early plans for the Cummings’ History of Psych museum. It was incredibly interesting and we learned a lot.
The conversation also highlighted the value of the archival work we are doing — the Barries mentioned how helpful it is for them to have so many artifacts to work with. Maybe some of the things we find in Schopler’s collection will end up on display!!
The group with Dennis and Kathy Barrie
Afterward, we spent a few hours walking around the Cleveland Museum of Art. Knowing how much effort goes in to designing the space and flow of the exhibits gave us a whole new perspective!
The beautiful atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art (photo courtesy of the Columbus Dispatch’s website)
Today we learned that Memorial Day is a quiet day in Akron. Everything on campus was closed. Almost everything in walking distance of campus was closed. And there were no parades or Memorial Day activities in downtown Akron. All in all, very very quiet. So we took it easy.
You know that nothing happened when the highlight of the day was…
Fresh linens! Woohoo!
It was probably a good thing because tomorrow we have a big day planned…stay tuned!
Our Sunday outing took us to a historic town called Hudson. It was founded by David Hudson in 1799 and was modernized in the early 20th century through the wealth of James Ellsworth, who was born there. Ellsworth owned several coal mines in the area and also was a prominent banker.
Watch your step, Mr. Ellsworth!
A fun fact about the Ellsworth family is that James’ son Lincoln was a polar explorer who was later featured on a postage stamp.
We could have used Lincoln Ellsworth’s jacket this past week – it was chilly in Akron!
After some lunch, some of the students stayed to enjoy the shopping and sunshine…
Enjoying the sunshine in Hudson
While others went to Cuyahoga Valley National Park to check out Brandywine Falls…
Aren’t the Brandywine Falls beautiful?
An unobstructed view!
After the hour long hike we went back to Hudson for some dinner and wandering around. There were lots of great things to look at…
This was in front of an instrument repair shop. I hope that all of the repaired instruments come out of the shop looking this good!
and we found new cars for Dr.Hahn and Horhota!
Dr. Hahn dreams of the green truck. Dr. Horhota is going to trade in the minivan for the GTO…if only we could all fit!