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Space Art to Taxidermy

Posted on July 7, 2016 by in The OFI Blog

Tracee Haupt from Middletown, MD, is a recent graduate from McDaniel College who has returned to the Smithsonian Institution to complete her second summer internship.  tracee_story

During the summer of 2015, Tracee interned at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM).  While there, she catalogued, researched and wrote essays for newly acquired artifacts in the Sally Ride and Neil Armstrong collections and helped sort through artifacts related to the space shuttle Columbia disaster.  Tracee also conducted independent research on paintings and other artworks produced for the space program.  Her resulting paper, “The NASA Art Program: Technology, Art, and Contested Visions of Progress, 1962-1973,” won first prize at the Mid-Atlantic Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Conference.

Tracee has chosen to further her research skills by returning to the Smithsonian for the summer of 2016.  Now, she is interning at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) conducting a survey of historical taxidermy used within the Smithsonian.

To read more about Tracee, check out this article published by McDaniel College.