Monday, June 22, 2009


I heard back from my graduate school and have been accepted as part of the team going to Cologne, Germany next month!!! I'm so excited!! I haven't been able to focus on doing actual coursework at all today. :-)

Quick Update

The Cologne Archives approved SOIS (my graduate program) to help them in the next phase of document recovery! I submitted my application packet and am waiting to hear whether I'll be part of the team or not.

On a totally unrelated note, I love the uniqueness of cats. I'm sitting with both of my cats curled up next me, wanting to be petted. They're also both purring! However, they like to be petted in very different ways and trying to pet both at once is a little challenging. I love that they have such unique personalities! Admittedly, they're both a little odd, but I think most cats are odd. :-)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cologne Archives

I heard about the sudden collapse of the Cologne Archives back in March and was shocked by the vast destruction, like so many others. I've always wanted to visit Germany or Austria and have taken many years of German language classes (though that was a while ago). However, those countries have been increasingly on my heart over the last six months.

Much to my surprise, I opened an email on Friday that my graduate school is looking at sending five students to help with the recovery process at the Cologne Archives in July. Initially, I thought I had missed the deadline to indicate my interest. Then I saw that the date initially provided was incorrect. I responded that I wanted more information and the application packet was sent to us today. I also learned that the initial recovery process may have ended and only "professionals" are now wanted for the recovery process. The organizer is still trying to determine if graduate students qualify as "professionals."

I have no idea if God really wants me to go and assist in this project, but it would be so amazing! I'm excited at just the thought of possibly going to Germany, even if it is to sift through dirty and damaged documents for a week. I'll keep you posted on what happens, if I'm chosen to be part of the team and if a team is even able to go.