On Tuesdays, interns meet for an interview with a local historian or “expert” in a historical specialty. Interns prepare at least three questions before the interview and take notes during the interview on a format prepared by our committee. On Thursdays, interns prepare a one page, typed, double-spaced 12 of their choosing. During the second half of the course, on or about May 1, interns submit a research paper to our committee for evaluation. Interns organize their reflective pieces, interview notes and research on their historical topics in a binder.
Each intern’s education committee advisor inspects the binder. Some historians and/or local experts want more than one session with our interns. Some sessions include fieldwork. These assignments include researching in cemeteries and archaeological dig work at Whitaker Station and/or Painted Stone Station.
Other field assignments are shadowing the editor of a local historical magazine, Bill Matthews, and the fieldwork of our Historical Commissioner, Gail Reed. At our center, Sharon Hackworth will train our interns in docent responsibilities. Interns will interview Maureen Ashby on our historic African- American communities. Local historians include land grant expert Neil Hammon, and Shelby County property deed expert Betty Matthews, Ronald Van Stockum on the Boone family and the Allen Dale Farm.
A member of the Education Committee evaluates their reflections and returns the graded work to the interns the following Monday. On Tuesdays and Fridays, the interns remain at their respective schools for their final blocks and do independent research on a local topic Sherry Jelsma on Stockdale Farm, and Jerry Miller on the memorial honoring the African-American Civil War soldiers killed in Simpsonville. If you have suggestions for interview subjects, contact an education committee member before July 15, 2011.