Jakie Ramos looking through Sioux City history scrapbooks

Jakie Ramos

Jakie Ramos ('22) was awarded Briar Cliff History Department's yearly Internship in Museum Studies opportunity, a paid internship with the Sioux City Public Museum funded through the Blair Chicoine Memorial Fund.

Through her internship, Jakie is able to use her skill sets as a BCU history major, working in educational outreach and staying busy learning about Sioux City's rich history.

"I was recently assigned to organize files of George W. Wakefield who was a local lawyer, district judge and author," Jakie says. "I've looked through his scrapbooks and trial notes from when he was involved in the Preacher Haddock murder trial."

Along with his scrapbooks were boxes of information containing files of his family, most of whom played major roles in Sioux City, from electric workers to dentists to judges.

"It's so amazing to see Wakefield's collections of newspaper clippings during his lifetime of 1839 to 1905. Capturing events like the floods in Sioux City and seeing how the city used to be such a tourist attraction with entertainment opportunities for work."

The Internship in Museum Studies allows students from the history department and beyond to gain experience in historical preservation, archival management, and museum instruction.