By: Megan Payne (spring 2017)
This past semester, I had the opportunity to complete an internship through the HIS 398: Internship in Public History class (under Professors Sharon Steadman & Evan Faulkenbury) at the Rozanne Brooks Museum. The Rozanne Brooks Museum is a small teaching museum located on the SUNY Cortland campus in the Moffett education building. The museum opened in 2001, formed at the request of Professor Brooks, who worked in the Sociology/Anthropology department until she passed away in 1992. She bequeathed many of the objects she collected over her years of traveling the world to create this museum. As an intern, I was tasked with creating an exhibit in one of the display cases that showcased some of the objects and to provide educational information about them.
For my exhibit, I decided that I wanted to display some of the hair combs and hairpins that Professor Brooks donated as part of her collection. I decided to focus on hair accessories from four different areas of the world: Africa, Europe, the Americas (American Indian culture), and the Orient region of Asia (China and Japan). I also researched what the significance of hair combs and hairpins held in each of these regions of the world.