“When given the need to put two interns to work and still work remotely, it seemed like a really good option,” he explained.
He said the idea behind the podcast is to extend the engagement with the historic street.
“So if somebody comes and spends a half an hour walking through our museum, they can, on their way home, download an episode of the podcast, and keep that conversation going,” he added.
He also said the two interns, Isabelle Steven and Joe Makuc, did a great job in the little time they had.
“We talk about 200 years of history, it’s very broad, we talk about big ideas. In future seasons, I’m hoping that we can drill down and do a little more in depth on small topics,” Maust said.
The first episode debuted June 24 and racked up over 100 hits in the first week alone, and 50 to 60 people have subscribed.
The first season is a broad and simple overview of the Alley, and Maust is hoping the next season could bring more sound elements and more.
“We don’t have ambient noise or interviews or any of those kinds of things, mostly because we were working on such an abbreviated production schedule. I would love to incorporate more interesting audio in future seasons,” he said.
Elfreth’s Alley is working with local universities to get student help to make a “next season” possible, probably in the summer of 2021.