I started my internship this week at The National Hellenic Museum. The NHM is located in Greek Town, near UIC’s campus, on S. Halsted. The National Hellenic Museum is the only of its kind, dedicated to displaying and celebrating the cultural contributions of Greek immigrants to America. It was founded in 1983 as the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, with the goal of providing the Chicago community with a better understanding of Greece’s rich ancient culture and contributions to our world, but also of more recent Greek cultural phenomena. It first became a museum in 1992, with a location on Michigan Avenue and then moved to Greek Town in 2004. The museum recently moved from a small office space in Greek Town to a new, state of the art building that is getting a lot of nationwide attention just down the street. It rebranded itself as the National Hellenic Museum with the new slogan, “The Newest Thing in Ancient History.” Construction began in 2005 and the new building is set to be open to the public in early November of this year!
I am an intern in the Collections/Registrar Department, under the museum’s Registrar, Chris Helms. His duties all have to due with the collecting, researching, cataloging and maintenance of the museum artifacts. The museum’s collection spans 1,000s of years and has a library of over 10,000 books and publications.
There is TONS of work to do over the next month or two to get ready for the big opening! Apparently construction was supposed to be finish a few weeks ago, but construction never seems to follow its own schedule. I’m excited to help put the museum together!