Alumna’s Internship Digs into Lockport History

Lewis University Alumna’s Internship Digs into Lockport History

Published: February 10, 2016.

Stephanie Silkey

What does a Lewis University graduate do with an old wagon wheel, business documents, photographs and a clock? She organizes them and prepares the historical items for the Lewis University History Center’s Adelmann Regional History Collection.

Joliet resident Stephanie Silkey is spending the next few months itemizing and categorizing items donated by Flora Milne, on behalf of her family, to Lewis University.

Silkey noted, "I will be learning how to handle historic objects in a way that preserves their integrity. My daily work will aid Lewis University students and researchers and this is something I am very excited to be a part of."

The Milne's were one of the most prominent families in 19th century Lockport, Ill. Flora recently made a donation to support an internship position to work with these materials. Lewis University selected Silkey, who graduated in December 2015 with a B.A. in History and Philosophy of Law.

"We are fortunate to have Stepanie working with this collection. She plans to go to law school in the fall, but first, she will apply her historical training,” said Dennis H. Cremin, history professor and director of Lewis University History Center.

“The Milne materials are rich and varied. With leadership from the library, we were able to move forward with the scanned images and photographs. This internship will make if possible to better organize and conserve the objects, which are part of the Adelmann collection.”

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