During the month of August, my co-facilitator Naomi Greene and I visited the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, FL. MOSI won the National Medal Award, awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to the ten best libraries and museums around the country.
MOSI’s core ideology is to make a difference in people’s lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds. During our visit to MOSI, we recorded interviews with people that share their love and passion for science with all the museum’s visitors.
Julie Fooshee (L) and Hadley Andersen (R) took time out of their very busy day to sit down and discuss their research and work at MOSI. They have amazing jobs. Known throughout the MOSI organization as “interactors,” Julie and Hadley spend a lot of their time in and around the museum’s 450 exhibits. Julie describes an interactor as “…a little bit of everything. They play, they teach…they are tour guides. Everything.” Interactors are the people that make the exhibits and the information come alive for the patrons.
Jason Allgair (L) and John Satterwhite (R) are two of MOSI’s guest services representatives. John is living with cerebral palsy and has welcomed, helped, and guided visitors of the museum for the last 13 years. During the conversation, John shared some of his favorite memories about working at MOSI and helping visitors of the museum: “It’s scary at times, but I keep in mind that I am a teacher and they will learn to talk to people with disabilities.”
Everyday, Julie, Hadley, Jason, John, and a team of enthusiastic staff, bring science to life for thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds. We thank them for sharing their stories (and their exhibits!) with StoryCorps.