An important part of the German Christmas Tradition is the installation of Nativity Scenes. Often built up during the Advent, they accompany the spiritual and expectant sentiment of the pre-christmas-days. As Christmas approaches and people visit their beloved ones, the Nativity Scenes are usually subject of long discussions about the meaning of the holidays and about personal and cultural feelings they evoke.
Matthew Fields was a recent pre-program intern at the Lunder Conservation Center, as part of the Smithsonian Conservation Internship for Broadening Access (CIBA). He is currently a senior at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, pursuing a BA in art.
In the summer of 2017, I had the privilege of working on the dioramas from the 1940 Chicago „American Negro Exhibition.“ Being a part of the inaugural Two-Week Introduction into Practical Conservation (TIPC) program was an invaluable experience. I spent those weeks on the grounds of the Winterthur Museum and the University of Delaware, and was immersed in the field of museum studies for the first time.