Continuing our summer blog series, Meet & Greet, let’s catch up with our Administrative Assistant, Renee Green.
Describe your job.
I provide administrative support to the Director by assisting with exhibitions, scheduling meetings and coordinating related tasks from making logistical arrangements for museum professionals to maintaining the shared Museum calendar. I also prepare reports and databases for museum projects and proofread staff-prepared material. I answer the Museum’s incoming telephone calls and interact with the Director, Visitor Services/Store Liaison, all of our wonderful staff members, volunteers and the public.
What does any average day entail?
I multi-task every day, but an average day usually begins with a quick, informal meeting with the Director to discuss the day’s events and calendar in order to clarify and prioritize the day. No two days are ever the same.
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is doing many different tasks and learning new things from our various exhibits. Museum exhibits are planned a year or more in advance so on any given day, we are planning for the future. While working on some aspect of a future exhibit, I will receive a phone call or question about an existing exhibit, and then in the next minute need to refer to a past exhibit for any number of reasons.
The other wonderful thing about my job is getting to work with such an amazing and caring staff. Each and every one of them is professional and possesses numerous talents that make working at the Sid Richardson Museum a joy.
What’s the most interesting fun fact you’ve learned about the collection/museum?
There are so many fun stories about Remington and Russell, the collection, Amon Carter and Sid. But one of my favorite stories about Sid Richardson is the one about him and his father making a trade when Sid was just eight years old. On a previous occasion, Sid’s father had given his son a lot in downtown. “When Sid subsequently accepted his father’s offer to trade a bull for the lot. Sid realized he now had a bull, but no place to keep the animal. Sid recalled as an adult that, ‘My daddy taught me a hard lesson with the first trade – but he started me tradin’ for life.’”
Favorite work in the collection? Why?
That is a tough question. I have several favorites and the longer I work at the museum, the more I have begun to appreciate various works for different reasons. When I first came to the museum, my favorite painting was Indians Hunting Buffalo. This was an odd choice for me because the painting depicts a buffalo being shot with arrows, and I am such an animal lover. However, the white horse in this C. M. Russell painting is gorgeous and to this day reminds me of the Greek mythological white horse, Pegasus, minus the wings of course. “IHB,” as we lovingly refer to this painting, still holds my fascination some 8 years later.