NMSU Carlsbad Heritage Interpretation Student Assists with Exhibits at the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center

NMSU Carlsbad student Dustin Camp is on his way in the world of Heritage Interpretation and Museum Preservation. During the summer of 2018 Dustin has been interning for the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, assisting with a variety of exhibits including the Bison Exhibit, a exhibit exploring the history of the great North American Bison, and the Carlsbad Hall of Fame, which includes artifacts and history about Carlsbad’s most influential figures. Dustin assisted with the most recent induction of Porfirio “Porky” Leyva and General Fred Mahaffey.

Assistant Director Edward Vanscotter said ” Dustin has been a great help at the Museum especially with the Hall of Fame. Dustin has a interest in collections and hopefully that is something we can work with him on. ”
Dustin’s interest in Heritage Interpretation began at a young age from flipping through pages in National Geographic magazines and visiting museums. Dustin said, “I have a great interest in Museum collections and Native American Exhibits. My love of archeology and history as a young kid started off with National Geographic, something about the pictures just struck a chord with me and I fell in love with history ever since.” Dustin’s plans after graduating from NMSU Carlsbad is to pursuit his bachelors degree and keep moving forward into hopefully obtaining a PHD in Archeology.
Dustin’s experience at the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center and knowledge from the Heritage Interpretation program taught him how to handle artifacts for exhibition display and how to be flexible with a variety of projects. Dustin said, “I have enjoyed every minute of the Heritage Interpretation Program at NMSU Carlsbad as it not only has helped prepared me for the internship at the museum but also future internships and careers. I give advice to other students that are interested in Archeology or Museum Preservation to go for the Heritage Interpretation Program as you can not regret any bit of knowledge you will get. ”

According to Kenda Josselet, Associate Professor of Government and History, “The Heritage Interpretation Program at NMSU Carlsbad is a 60 credit hour program that will get students into a bachelors program in Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Archeology, History, and Cultural Studies. We are adding a Native American Studies class to the program in our next academic year, so we will have a expanded opportunity for students that want to go into Native American Studies at NMSU. We also have a certificate program if a student comes in and wants to familiarize themselves with the concept of Heritage Preservation and cultural Identity.” Kenda added,”Dustin has been a tremendous student and great researcher. When he picks topics for his papers he chooses the topics that he knows less about and encourages himself to learn more about that particular topic. He was in a New Mexico History class that was mostly geared towards the Women of New Mexico and he gave a very interesting presentation in that class.”

If you would like to see the exhibits that Dustin assisted with stop by the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center. The Bison Exhibit will be on display until September 8, 2018 and the Carlsbad Hall of Fame display is part of a permanent collection at the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center.


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