August Volunteer of the Month: Karah Binkowski - CSPM

August Volunteer of the Month: Karah Binkowski

Caitlin Sharpe, CSPM Registrar

This summer, the museum’s collections department welcomed Karah Binkowski as an intern. Karah received her BA in History from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) and an Associate of Arts degree from Pikes Peak Community College. She is currently working towards her MA in History at UCCS, where she specializes in the history of medicine, and European history. She has always been interested in museum studies and practice. According to Karah, her internship provided invaluable experience and insight into the museum world.

In the artifact collection, Karah inventoried and began cataloging a large collection of materials related to Marvin and Edith Kramer. The Kramers were local balloonists active in the Colorado Springs Balloon Classic and other events. By creating an inventory, Karah identified materials that we had multiple examples of and that were out-of-scope. As part of this, she applied the museum’s collecting guidelines. After completing the inventory, she began to catalog the collection using the museum’s database and number the artifacts she cataloged. She additionally assisted out with an unexpected task, moving carriages as part of the museum’s HVAC project!

Official program for the 1986 Colorado Balloon Classic; CSPM Collection
Fannie Mae Duncan's personal stationary; CSPM Collection

Karah’s work in the Archives helps us to continue making the collection accessible to the public. It will add over one-hundred historic photographs of local businesses to our online database. She also transcribed oral histories of individuals from our community, including artist Jack Frost, longtime businessman and civic leader Marvin Strait, and James Work whose family owned Weicker Transfer and Storage in Colorado Springs. Lastly, Karah created an inventory of the Fannie Mae Duncan Collection, which includes documents, photographs and ephemera related to Duncan’s family, career and philanthropy.

Thank you for all of your hard work Karah!

Caitlin Sharpe, CSPM Registrar

719.385.5654 | Caitlin.Sharpe@coloradosprings.gov