Corinne Midgett (B.A. 2007)
I graduated from UNCG in 2007 with a B.A. in Classical Studies (Classical Archaeology) and a minor in History. Between my sophomore and junior years, I began working as a tour guide at Blandwood Mansion in downtown Greensboro. The following summer, I picked up a second part-time job in the UNCG Special Collections and University Archives. Through those jobs and an internship at Blandwood, I realized that the museum field was a great place to put my education and skills to use. In February 2008, I was hired as the registrar at the High Point Museum in High Point, NC. Working at a local history museum means that I unfortunately do not get to put my Greek or Latin or my interest in ancient history and classical mythology to use very often, but I enjoy spending my free time indulging those interests. As a registrar, my days are spent processing, cataloging, and caring for an interesting and varied collection of over 37,000 objects. An education in Classics provides both critical thinking skills and the ability to “read” objects and understand material culture. I use those research and observational skills on a daily basis as I make decisions about the condition, potential use, and historical significance of artifacts in our collection. In addition to my Classics degree, I received a graduate certificate in Public History from UNCG in 2012. I currently serve on the boards of the Southeastern Registrars Association (SERA) and the North Carolina Preservation Consortium. In 2015, I co-edited the 4th edition of SERA’s book, Basic Condition Reporting: A Handbook, and hope to work on other publications in the future. I’ve always loved history and I’m still amazed that I get to spend my life in museums!