For the first time, three Malone students are studying in Washington, D.C. at the same time through the American Studies Program. Throughout the semester, Suzanna Bregar, senior history major; Madi Carper, junior history major; and Kaitlyn Stump, senior history major are taking turns blogging about their experiences studying in our nation’s capital.
During the week, I am busy with class and internships; I am interning with the non-profit Jack Kemp Foundation and helping with preparations for a banquet in November. On the weekend I am free to explore Washington, D.C. There are so many different things to do, from visiting the monuments and museums to going to the Kennedy Center for a concert, the weekends are never boring. While I am in D.C., it has been my goal to go to as many of these events and places as possible. One of my favorite museums that is not well known is The International Spy Museum.
When you first enter the Spy Museum, you go up to the second floor where you can pick an undercover identity. From there, you go to the debriefing room. In the debriefing room you view a short video on how to be a spy and the history of how spy craft came to be.
Next, the doors open in to a room that has artifacts from spies through out the ages, interactive games where you have to use your new identity, and videos of interviews from people who were actually spies.
As you make your way though the museum, they give you a view of how the meaning of the word “spy” has been used throughout time and in different cultures. For example, there are exhibits on Ninjas, the Trojan horse, and even messenger pigeons.
The museum also shows how spies have been presented in the movies. Walking down the steps into the next exhibit, written on the wall in front of you are the words “Time to die Mr. Bond.” The whole floor was devoted to the James Bond movie series from start to finish, showing how the threats have changed over time and how James Bond uses his spy craft skills to win the fight.
The final exhibit is about how the new threat is always changing and how the CIA, MI6, and other spy agencies are adapting to the new enemy.
I really enjoyed this museum, I found out a lot of different things about being a spy that I did not know before. I also thought that this museum was very well designed for adults and children; there were a lot of interactive exhibits for all ages.
For me, going to these types of museums and seeing how the people and exhibits interact with each other is very interesting. After graduating from Malone, I am planning on going to grad school for museum studies.
Suzanna Bregar is a senior history major.