Since we have last talked I have started spending my Saturdays at the 1890 house. This has been fun I feel like I’m starting to settle into my role at the 1890 house rather well. But spending fourteen hours a weekend at the museum has some drawbacks. One being that my tours are getting a little repetitive. Do not get me wrong I still love doing tours. But, I can count on getting the same two to three questions every tour. The first one being when was the house built. Which I answer with the construction and furnishing facts about the house. The second question is usually what did the Wickwires do. Which I answer with how Chester pioneered making wire cheaply. The third question I always get is this place haunted and have you seen ghosts. Luckily I have not, but I feel like guests are disappointed when I tell them this. So I watched the episode of ghost hunters when they came to the 1890 house. Some might say this was a mistake for a person who is easily scared. I say they are right. I have jumped at every noise at the house makes for a month. But I incorporated that aspect of the museum into my tour. I will stop in the ballroom part of the house and tell the guests about the ghost hunters and what area of the house they went too. And how the pool table they are next too played itself during the episode. The guests love this because it is connecting somewhere they know with a famous tv show. I took a picture of the pool table to see if the balls move overnight, they have not yet. After I tell them that, I tell them that if I happen to have a paranormal experience that I am going to run out of the 1890 house. I had a guest ask what experience would make me run out of the building. My answer was “ I’m gonna be honest if I see a see through Victorian era woman I’m outta here” Another cool part of my internship are the people who come through the house. Last week we had an original tour guide of the museum come on a tour. She told me things that I had no idea about the house and Wickwires. That she attended weddings in the house. This was cool to me because it shows that the house is still a vital part of Cortland’s community. Speaking of community, a communal experience in 1890 was going to the worlds faire. This faire took place in Chicago and is quite famous. The Wickwires went to the fair and took a picture there. My job this past couple weeks is to find out where they are in the picture. This has been very tough because there were not many picture taken inside the faire buildings. But I am going to solve this, I have watched to much Catfish and Law and Order to not solve this case. They are standing in a building under a glass rough. This has been the basis of my investigation so far. If you have any idea of this or want to help us solve this case email email@example.com.
By: Patrick Snider, spring 2019