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Historical Society welcomes back summer interns

Photos submitted to Times Observer Greg Cross in the library of the Warren County Historical Society.

Each day becomes a page of history.

As we — as a community — navigate this unprecedented time, the Warren County Historical Society seeks to ensure that our history from centuries ago through today is preserved.

A key factor in this process is its summer internship program, which provides employment opportunities to college students in a unique environment, a program that is largely funded by Warren Gives.

Depending on the talents and interests of the interns, they are given a wide variety of responsibilities that fit each individual and may include things such as researching, archiving, processing collections, updating exhibits, and gaining professional office experience, in an effort to assist the historical society’s mission of preserving Warren County history for posterity.

The organization has accepted two returning participants into the 2020 summer internship program, Greg Cross and Mariette Williams.

Photos submitted to Times Observer Mariette Williams working in the Textile Collection Room at the Historical Society.

Greg Cross graduated from Mercyhurst University with a bachelor’s in History and, recently, with a masters in Secondary Social Studies Education. Greg seeks to continue his education by pursuing his PhD. In his return to the internship program, Greg is ready to hit the ground running as he continues to work on archival processing, writing articles, handling textiles, and collaborating with community members on projects and events.

“Although close to home, I came into the internship knowing fairly little about the area, and I have truly enjoyed diving into the deep and compelling history of Warren County,” said Cross.

Mariette Williams is a 2018 graduate of Eisenhower High School and recently completed her sophomore year at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is majoring in History with a concentration in Medieval European History and minoring in Museum Studies and Irish. While at the historical society, Mariette has gained office experience as well as having a hand in a variety of projects at the historical society and the Wilder Museum.

The Warren County Historical Society summer internship program is funded through donations made during Warren Gives and by a trust established in 2007 in memory of Jane Walker Kopf.

Warren Gives is a community day of giving when donations are proportionately matched by donations made by the Betts Foundation, Community Foundation of Warren County, DeFrees Family Memorial Fund, Northwest Charitable Foundation, Sara Sokolski Memorial Fund, Superior Tire & Rubber Corp., and United Refining Co.

Those wishing to donate may visit www.warrengives.org on Wednesday, May 20, between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., scroll to the Warren County Historical Society, click on the link, and donate to the Warren County Historical Society’s summer internship program.

The Warren County Historical Society, 210 4th Avenue, Warren, is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 723-1795, visit www.warrenhistory.org, or find it on Facebook and Instagram.

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