Preservation and Education

For more than twenty years, the Preservation and Education Committee of M-WTCA has sponsored one or more summer internships at historic properties around the country. These internships give undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to benefit from practical, hands-on experience at world-class historic sites such as George Washington’s Mount Vernon home and Colonial Williamsburg.

In 2018, through a generous donation from the estate of John and Janet Wells, M-WTCA was able to create the Endowment Fund and the earnings from this endowment have enabled us to expand the number of internships we can underwrite. For the last several years we have fully or partially sponsored interns at four different sites. In turn, after these interns experience the summer immersion in historic preservation and museum curation, they write an article for The Gristmill about what they have learned and how it will enhance their studies or professional life. Those articles typically appear in the December and March editions of that publication and keep our membership informed about this important aspect of their organization.

One of the requirements of maintaining our status as a 501(3)c non-profit organization is that we give something back to the community. These internships are one of the ways M-WTCA leaves a legacy as we “pay forward” to train the next generation of professionals who will “use and appreciate antique tools.”

If this is an effort you would like to be part of, we are always looking for new members for the committee. We also welcome donations of any amount.

For more information about this important project contact the Chairman of the Preservation & Education Committee at: preservationandeducation@mwtca.org