Lewis University student Alison Wozniak of Mokena has been selected as the 2010-2011 Pat Darin/Lockport Woman’s Club Intern. The internship is a partnership between the Lockport Women’s Club and Lewis University. Named for Pat Darin, long-time volunteer at the Will County Historical Society and member of the Lockport Women’s Club, the internship is awarded to a history student interested in learning more about local history who will also receive a stipend of $2,000.
Wozniak, a junior history major at Lewis University with a minor in contemporary world studies, was one of several students who applied for the program. She has been working closely with Mark Harmon, site director of the Gaylord Building. Wozniak has been organizing materials related to the creation and building of Lockport’s Lincoln Landing. The Mokena resident will conclude most of her work during the spring semester and will make a presentation on her efforts to the Women’s Club at their May 2011 meeting.
“The Lockport Woman’s Club is happy to welcome Alison as the Pat Darin Intern,” said Carol Coverdill, past president of the Lockport Women’s Club, who explained that the internship helps to enhance and preserve the history of the Lockport area. Coverdill added, “The Lockport Women’s Club is celebrating its 107th year so the Club very much appreciates the interest of Lewis University in maintaining this long history of service to the community.”
Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, director of the Lewis University History Center: Urban, Cultural and Catholic History of the Upper Midwest, stated, “This is a wonderful chance to work with an important local organization that has been actively giving back to their community for more than 100 years. I can’t thank them enough for their generosity. The internship provides real life experience for Wozniak.”
“This is an opportunity to get an inside look at the workings of local history. I can explore how complicated exhibits and public history projects come into being. It is an honor to have this internship, and I am learning so much,” commented Wozniak. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue history and is interested in teaching. She concluded, “I can’t thank the Woman’s Club enough for this opportunity to work in the community.”
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