The American Philosophical Society Museum put a grand exhibit on Charles Wilson Peale. Upon entering I was actually greeted by “Mr. Peale” himself, he introduced himself and gave me a little history of his whole life. Once his introduction was done he brought me over to the portrait of George Washington, and he explained how this was one of the many copies he made of the picture to make some money. On closer inspection of the portrait, I pointed out two soldiers behind George Washington and asked Mr. Peale who they were. He informed me that the two soldiers faces were based of him and his brother. As I continued through the exhibit I came upon the various sketches he had is his sketch bad. One something I had picked up on was how close Peale must have been with George Washington, because there were two sketches of them together. I also appreciated the other sketches in his sketch book, it was incredible to see how much detail Peale put into his work even though his sketches have now become faded. Something else I found interesting were the letters that were sent and received by Peale, with letters from Thomas Jefferson and other big figures through the American revolution. One part of the exhibit showed off the annual ticket holders book with signatures from John Adams and James Monroe, showing how well-known Peale’s museum. I was very surprised by this because I was not aware of how far an outreach Peale’s museum had on the world and how many big figures attended the museum. This exhibit was great in relation to class because I was able to see the public influence that Peale and his museum had on the expanding America. One thing that I was very disappointed in was the lack of things from Peale’s museum. They did not have a lot of things that were related to the museum but more on Peale, his family, and his relation to famous American patriots. It was sad because I was hoping that the exhibit would expand upon his accomplishments in museum and show some of his biggest attractions.
My name is Kyle Chin. I am a freshman who graduated from Kellenberg Memorial High School. My current major is in sports management and tourism hospitality. History is one of my favorite subjects because it is a very broad field. You can learn the history of anything, whether it being the history of America, the history of the New York Knickerbockers, or even the history of your own lineage. There are so many routes that you can explore and each is sharing it’s own history. Everything in history tells a story and no two stories are ever alike. History is also very interesting to me because in the past we have had some very bad things happen and it is our job as the future generations to see what has happened and know what not to do so we are destined to repeat it. I am also very interested in math. Ever since I was young I had loved doing math equations. I always envisioned math problems as puzzles that I had to solve and over the years I loved the complexity that slowly came along with higher up math. Over the past two years I have discovered a way of combing my favorite hobby which is basketball and my favorite subject which is math. Combined it is a field called sports analytics, the most notable person in this field was the Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane. He was able to use data that he collected from scouting players to build a team and to win a national championship for his franchise. My goal is to one day work for the New York Knickerbockers in their sports analytics department, using data analytics to scout players and teams so we are able to game plan for the upcoming opponent and hopefully win a championship. My ultimate dream would be to become the president of basketball operations for any NBA team.