Until Next Time, Farewell.

Since January, I’ve had the pleasure and opportunity to intern at the Barker Mansion in Michigan City, Indiana. I started this internship as a means to secure the final credits needed for me to graduate this semester. When I first started, I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to do with this blog. I didn’t know where I would take it. I’ve had the chance to write about a multitude of events, a bit of the history surrounding the mansion, and the future of the mansion. It’s been a great four months, and I’ve had the ability to learn a lot.

I learned a lot from this establishment.

I want to thank Jessica Rosier for giving me this opportunity. She has been amazing to work for. She’s someone I’ve only gained more and more respect for the more I worked for and with her. When I first met with her, she asked me what I wanted to do for this internship which completely threw me off. I had this idea that I would just be told what to do. Instead, she made my internship a collaboration between the two of us. I thank her for that because I’ve loved writing this blog.

The Throwback Games Event; the first event I was a part of.

Jessica knew I’m a creative writing major, and she made sure that my internship benefited my major, my craft. I remember the first blog I wrote. It took me the entire day, from the moment I walked into the mansion to the moment I left, to write it all. I felt in over my head after my first day. I wasn’t sure if I could do it, and I didn’t know how I would continue writing about the mansion. However, the staff at the mansion supported me. They helped me come up with ideas which all helped in the long run. As I look back at my past blog posts, I’ve definitely grown and the blog has continued to improve.

Anna Ogden Gown
One of many artifacts I learned about at the mansion.

I’ve had the chance to learn a lot about the Barker Mansion and the Barker family. I’ve been a part of numerous tours and been given small history lessons from different historical events the mansion held. I came into the mansion at an interesting time. Since Jessica has taken over, she has made it her goal to revitalize the mansion and make it a bigger part of the community of Michigan City. So far, she and her staff has done an amazing job. I’m grateful to have been a part of it all. The multitude of events the mansion has held have been successful and great learning lessons for everyone.

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As I end my internship, May 4th was my last day, I want to say thank you to Jessica and everyone at the Barker Mansion for this amazing opportunity. I’ve had the ability to learn a lot, and I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of something really special. I know the Barker Mansion will only continue to improve. I’ve been a part of many firsts at the mansion, including this blog, and it’s bittersweet to be walking away from it. Once again, thank you to the Barker Mansion for this opportunity. Until next time.

Miguel Valencia


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