museum welcomes new interns Iben Kromann Hello. My name is Iben, and I am one of the new Scan Design Foundation interns at the museum. I have a bachelor’s degree in Dramaturgy (Theater Arts) and Museology from Aarhus University. Now, I am in my third semester of my master’s program in Performance Design and Educational Studies from Roskilde University. I have been very active in the theater community in my home city of Silkeborg and in student productions at Aarhus University. I have both acted on stage and worked on costumes and set construction backstage. In many ways the U.S. is my second home, as I lived here for a year in 2007 as an exchange student, and, since then, have traveled quite extensively around the country. I am very happy and excited to be back, and I’m thrilled that this time I will be working with another passion of mine: museums.
Iben Kromann and Peter Dam-Hein
Museum of Danish America
At the museum, I will be designing a tour for Bedstemor’s House, where I will be playing a firstperson character who lives in the house. Through this character I can immerse visitors in the atmosphere of the early 20th century and show them what life was like for immigrants in Elk Horn at the time. I am also working on a mini exhibition on the history of coffee in Denmark and the social aspects of consuming coffee. I am looking forward to working on these projects and all the other things that may come my way during this internship. Peter Dam-Hein My name is Peter Dam-Hein. I’m from the town of Løgumkloster in North Schleswig, and I’m currently studying to be a teacher at Den frie Lærerskole in Ollerup, Southern Funen. I’m a bit of a jack-of-all-trades; I am (amongst other things) a trained church singer, have studied a little theology and quite a bit of musicology at the university in Aarhus, and taken the basic course at an organic agricultural school. I’ve taught knitting, been a church verger, care worker, substitute teacher, farmhand, and have worked at a couple of warehouses - most recently hauling and packing tons of vulcanized rubber at the largest tire warehouse in Europe.
One of my biggest interests has always been music, and for the majority of the past 20 years, I’ve sung in church choirs. I’ve performed with choirs in Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, The Faroe Islands, Spain, and Poland, given concerts with my father in Belarus, and been the church singer at a prison church. At the museum I’ll be working on a project dealing with the collection of oral histories. There is a lot of material that hasn’t been touched since the recordings were made in the 70s and 80s, and my first task will be to do quite a bit of detective work, figuring out some basic facts about the material and its contents. I’ve set up shop at the Genealogy Center, and I’m spending about half of my time working for the genealogy department, translating Danish and German texts into English, helping to decipher old handwriting, and finding dodgy Danes in 19th century records especially fellows who didn’t die where their family thought they did. I’m glad to be here, and I’m sure I’ll be having a lot of interesting experiences in the U.S., both in Elk Horn and when traveling with the museum! Blog Check danishmuseuminterns. tumblr.com weekly for updates on their activities!
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