For most job interviews, we prepare ourselves to talk about our career accomplishments, our strengths, and what we could bring to a company. However, if you apply for a position at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, they will ask, “How did you play as a child?”
Last month, StoryCorps visited the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, where the museum’s patrons, staff, and aficionados shared their own stories of playing as children and why they are all committed to helping this institution foster creativity and a love for learning in the next generation. It is no wonder why the Children’s Museum is a recipient of the National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Bill Schlageter sat down with Barbara Wettergreen, the museum’s longest working staff member, to ask what brought her to the museum. The first question Bill asked – “How did you play as a kid?” Barbara’s passion as a child was drawing and designing clothes for her paper dolls. Later, Barbara turned that passion into a career by teaching kids how to express themselves through art.
Barbara’s creativity and design skills have been an asset at the museum. One of her first jobs was scheduling school groups to tour the museum. This was before the computer databases we have today. Barbara did everything by hand. During her 20+ years at the museum, Barbara has also continued to paint and showcase her artwork. Today, her grandchildren enjoy visiting the Children’s Museum. We would like to thank Barbara, Bill and all the participants who shared their memories of the museum and the role it has played in their lives.