Lockport Women’s Club intern preserves local history

Lockport Women’s Club provides Lewis student internship to preserve local history

Published: April 10, 2012.

Elizabeth Barkmann
Lockport Woman's Club intern

Lewis University student Elizabeth Barkmann of Capron, Ill., is spending her spring semester scanning and organizing the Lockport Woman’s Club’s scrapbooks and annual reports as part of the Lockport Woman’s Club/Pat Durin Internship.

“I have learned how to handle historic documents and what goes into the preservation process of these materials. My daily work is what I will have to do in my career field someday and this internship is teaching me patience and various ways of effectively organizing materials,” Barkmann explained.

She plans to graduate in December with a degree in history with courses from the public history track. The public history track exposes students like Barkmann, to the fields of museum studies, archives, historic preservation, and oral history. Her career goals are to work at a museum or in the field of public history where she can use the skills and techniques she is gaining from her internship and her academic coursework.

Associate Professor and Director of the Lewis University History Center, Dennis H. Cremin commented, “This is the third year of the Lockport Woman’s Club/Pat Darin Internship. This paid internship provides hands-on experience for students and important outreach into the community.”

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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