Museum Educators, Reunited


The Museum Education Program at George Washington University provided not just an education and a degree, but also 14 new friends. Our small cohort took most of our classes together, met frequently outside of class to work on our many group assignments, and hung out together at museums and restaurants.

Although post-graduate-school life has kept us busy and moved some of us across or outside of the country, 11 out of 15 of us were able to reunite in New Jersey this past weekend for the wedding of Sarah, one of the MEPers in my class.

I won’t go into sugary clichés about love and friendship and memories that last a lifetime. I’ll just say that it was great to see everyone, and the four who had to send their regrets were missed. In addition to (of course) celebrating Sarah and Jon’s marriage, we spent time catching up on the work we’re doing at history museums, a zoo, a botanic garden, and a planetarium, to name a few. And we created some of the best music ever on the subject of seatbelt safety.

9 MEPers, looking nice before the wedding. Photo by one of the significant others

11 MEPers, looking exhausted after the wedding. Photo by one of the significant others or friends

I was also struck by the importance of objects both in our field of study and in the wedding. Sarah’s wedding was full of Jewish tradition and objects of symbolic importance that had been passed down through generations of the two families. Maintaining a sense of family history is clearly important to the couple.

Congratulations and best wishes to both Sarah and Jon! 🙂

Sarah and Jon

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About Laura

Paralegal with Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education, frequent museum visitor, based in Washington, DC. I care about what museums can do, both in terms of public offerings and internal practices, to make the world a better place. I blog about museum education ("informed"), the social work of museums ("humane"), and visitor experience ("citizenry").
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2 Responses to Museum Educators, Reunited

  1. Sarah says:

    what a beautiful post laura! you are so eloquent! If you want any history or explanation or a 5 min object lesson on the stuff we used I’d be happy to oblige! 🙂

    • disciullo says:

      Thank you! I was paying attention during the wedding, but I didn’t want to try to retell the stories behind all the objects and potentially botch it up.

      But I’ll see what I can remember, without peeking at the website or program. Let me know if I get anything wrong.

      -The chuppah represents the home and has no walls to symbolize the lofty goal of always having your door open to others in your life. The cloth on top was sewn by the groom’s great-grandmother and was, very briefly, decorated by the bride’s grad school classmate.

      -The ring has no extra gems or anything, which symbolizes not having any material assets get in the way of the real meaning of your commitment to each other. (I’m not sure I’m explaining that right.)

      -The kittubah (sp?) is the marriage contract. I saw your parents’ hanging on their wall, too.

      -The wine glasses came from your brothers’ bar mitzvahs.

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