Although the Shelby County Historical Society Board must approve our end of the intern curriculum, a preliminary list of learning targets with instructors is as follows: One, Bill Matthews will teach how to write articles, solicit ads and edit a magazine about Kentucky history. Two, Neal O. Hammon will teach about researching Shelby County land claims. Three, Betty Matthews will teach on researching Shelby County’s early settlers. Four, Diane Coon will teach how to use public and church records in researching Shelby County’s Underground Railroad. Five, Diane Coon and John Graham will teach how to research the life of Elijah Marrs and Shelby County’s first schools for black children. Six, Diane Coon will teach research methods on country stores of Shelby County. Seven, Sherry Jelsma will show interns how to document the local support for the World War II effort. Eight, John Graham will guide a field trip in photographing and finding evidence of the remains of Whittaker Station. Ten, Gail Reed will allow interns to shadow her in office and fieldwork as the Historical Commissioner of Shelby County. Ten, Gen. Van Stockum will show interns how he researched his books on Squire Boone and the Allen Dale Farm. Ten, Sherry Jelsma will teach her research methods on Stockdale. Eleven, John David Myles will teach interns about Main Street and Shelby County Courthouse architecture. Twelve, Maureen Ashby will teach the history of Lincoln Institute and early Shelby County black communities. Thirteen, Sharon Hackworth will train interns to conduct tours of a museum. Fourteen, Sherry Jelsma and Sharon Hackworth will show interns how we prepare museum exhibits. Fifteen, John Graham will instruct interns on using Chicago-style manuscript guidelines. The interns will use these guidelines for their formal research project.
The curriculum is incomplete as of this writing and with a semester of classes and projects for our first interns, the educational committee has a lot of work to do in preparation for our intern’s first week in August, 2011.