Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous long-time summer resident family, the Castine Historical Society is again hosting a summer intern. Students enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program in museum studies, history, public history, or archival science can apply.
For the 2021 season, the Historical Society is hosting John Broadwell, who is completing his Master of Arts in public history at Middle Tennessee State University. John’s internship focuses on two projects. First, he is working with curator Paige Lilly to catalog, scan, and store portions of the Historical Society’s large photograph collection. Second, he is studying the history of Castine and will use this knowledge to give walking tours of the town to the public.
Providing these internships allows the Historical Society to participate in and serve the fields of history and museum work. Students gain valuable experience with professional staff in a local history setting, which helps them enter the professions of museum work or teaching.
Executive Director, Lisa Simpson Lutts, notes “We are thrilled to have John here this summer working on the collection and offering walking tours. His education background, skills, and previous museum experience are a perfect fit to the work we do in the field of public history, which aims to deepen and empower the public’s connection with and knowledge of the past. We can’t thank the donors enough for their financial support that makes these internships possible.”
The Castine Historical Society serves as a window into Castine’s extraordinary past. The Historical Society preserves local history and hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as lectures, education events, town walking tours, and house and garden tours. Exhibits are on display in its Abbott School gallery at 17 School Street, Castine. The Grindle House offices and research library are located at 13 School Street, Castine. Research appointments are limited at this time and should be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Historical Society exhibits are free and open June 11 – October 11, Friday, Saturday, and Monday from 10 – 4; Sunday from 1-4. Free one-hour walking tours of Castine are offered Friday, Saturday, and Monday at 10:00 and Sunday at 2:00. Seated Town Common tours are offered alternate Saturdays through August 28th. For further information about exhibits, events, and the Historical Society visit castinehistoricalsociety.org, call 207-326-4118, or email email@example.com.