The summer of 2018 marks the first internship awarded at the Historical Society. As a matter of fact we are spoiled for choice. At this moment four highly qualified and experienced students and graduates have applied. We have signed a contract with one student, who is only available for six weeks and would like to cover the remaining two months of the summer with one or more additional interns.
These applicants have told us they are excited about hands on work with our collection, displays and processing systems. And we are excited about drawing from their solid academic qualifications and work experience. We would grieve at not being able to take full advantage of this opportunity.
Tomorrow the board must make some hard choices – unless you can help.
It is customary to offer a stipend to an intern to defray their expenses in travel and housing. This is not a salary. The amounts depend on the length of the internship and costs to the intern. As you know, housing in our area – and especially in the summer – is an issue. And the students will need to provide their own transportation to and from their homes and while in Eagle River as well as living expenses.
We are asking you to consider helping with these two factors; the cost of the stipend and housing. Does anyone have a guest house or cabin they could offer an intern this summer?
A private donor has made a conditional offer or financial support for stipends. The offer is for $1,000, if it is matched by $1,500 by our other members, supporters and friends by May 15, 2018. (We need to notify the applicants no later than this date.)
This is a major opportunity for the Society to:
Inventory our archival collection, preparing for a full, formal assessment in the coming year
Develop a full plan for a proposed major display project on summer camps in 2019, which will include a large part of Vilas County
Design a plan to redevelop the Depot Museum
Develop a plan to begin digitizing our collection
Our collections and display managers have started writing work plans for the summer so each intern can begin meaningful work as soon as possible.
Your help will ensure those plans are translated into actions.
Would you like to know more? Please call me at 262-212-6369.
With thanks to each of you, for your support which has brought us to this wonderful stage in the Society’s development,
Karen Sailer, President