History student works to preserve local history

History student works to preserve local history

Published: January 1, 2012.

Nicholas Cozzolino

Nicholas Cozzolino of Homer Glen is interning at the Lewis University History Center at Fitzpatrick House and in the Adelmann Regional History Collection in the Learning Resource Center, scanning, preserving and working with historical artifacts to preserve local history.

“Nick’s contributions are valuable to the community as we desperately work to preserve the precious history of the Illinois & Michigan Canal region. This important initiative couldn’t be accomplished without his work, and the work of many others,” said Dr. Dennis Cremin, director of the Lewis University History Center and associate professor of History at Lewis University.

“I hope one day to work with projects similar to what I am working on now with my internship, helping to work with the local community or other historians in developing history exhibits,” commented Cozzolino. He said the internship has been helpful in letting him see all different sides of working as a public historian.

“The most valuable aspect I have gained through this experience is the ability to see how public historians organize and put in the time and effort into working on projects,” added Cozzolino. The time management skills he improved through this internship will help him in his future career as a public historian.

Cozzolino is proud of the work he has done to help the Fitzpatrick House and the local community. “I hope this knowledge and experience I have gained through this internship will help me to become an accomplished historian someday,” he stated.

Cozzolino’s internship has been funded by a Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation grant for the Fitzpatrick House. The foundation is dedicated to land conservation and preserving artistic vitality for communities in the Chicago area and South Carolina.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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