I’ve been waiting for this day for six months – it’s the eve of the start of the Seminar for Historic Administration 2013. Tomorrow we’ll begin three weeks of intensive study on public history and administration. My friends at home have been asking me why I’m going to be away from home for three weeks and what exactly I’ll be doing in Indianapolis (of all places) during this time.
This is what I expect SHA 2013 to be:
1)Like doing post-graduate work in history
2)An intensive professional development opportunity
3)A three-week vacation for historians, including getting to talk about the field we love, taking field trips to museums, and meeting other historians. I mean really, if that’s not a historian’s dream come true, I don’t know what is.
On a personal level, I am hoping that SHA will be a chance to clear my head and start the healing process after the last two devastating years. I’m coming in to this program completely broken: my father died unexpectedly three weeks ago, we’ve had severe flooding in Colorado, two horrific wildfires including one that very nearly burned down my historic site, and another death in the family. Really. I didn’t know that life could be so sad and hard. I need this time and am glad that the Lord has blessed me with this opportunity to leave my home for three weeks and to immerse myself in studying my favorite subject. I’m secretly hoping that SHA will be a chance to physically, mentally, and emotionally be away from everything for three precious weeks, to reconnect with old grad school friends, and to generally do some time-traveling to a happier past and a happier future. Also, I’m so glad to be back in my (adopted) Indiana Home.
So, let the games begin.