I recently did an interview with Lisa Guidarini of the blog ?Bluestalking Reader.? (It occurs that I never asked about the name of her blog: Is it ?blue stalking,? or ?blues talking??)
LG: What?s been the most memorable part of your job, since becoming Director of Communications?
MR: Wow, where to start? Every day is memorable in its own way, and every day there is the stimulation of learning or experiencing something new.
But one day that sticks out was when we showed some of our ?top treasures? to a video crew. Some of those will be on display for visitors beginning next April, but at the time, it was a rare opportunity for me. So here I was looking at original drafts of, say, the Emancipation Proclamation or the Second Inaugural address, both in Lincoln?s hand, and I was surprised at the emotional response they provoked in me. I hope it doesn?t sound corny, but there was something very deeply moving about seeing such beautiful and important words, which changed the course of our history, written in the hands of the great figures who wrote or spoke them. Moments like that really help to connect past and present, and in unexpected ways.
Thanks for your interest, Lisa!