Niagara Falls National Heritage Area
Archival Digitization Internship at Town of Niagara Historian’s Office located at 7000 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304
The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area offers this unpaid internship in partnership with the Town of Niagara Historian for undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates pursuing careers in history, library and information science, museum studies, archives, tourism, and related fields.
The historic Town of Niagara was established in 1812 and included the city of Niagara Falls and the surrounding area until the city was incorporated in 1892. The town is bordered to the west by the city of Niagara Falls, Town of Lewiston to the north, and Bergholtz and Wheatfield to the east.
The Archival Digitization Internship at the Town of Niagara will provide interns with the opportunity for hands-on experience digitizing historical documents. Over the course of the semester, the intern will be responsible for digitizing materials which cover a period of over 200 years. In addition to digitizing those archival materials, further research will be required. A research project will be designed to focus on intern’s interests and experience, and will assist the Town of Niagara in further documentation of their residents. One potential project is to identify all of the residents of Witmer Cemetery for a future rehab of the historic site. Currently there is a headstone reading and an Excel file that documents most of the individuals, but they would like to combine the two and then have it mapped properly. A subsequent phase of that project will be the raising of fallen stones and the repair of others where possible.
As part of the internship, work may include any of the following tasks:
To apply, please send a resume or CV and application to email@example.com for consideration. Applications are available for download at, discoverniagara.org/internships. If you have any questions, feel free to call Pete Ames at (716) 297-4429.
A now famous book was written about Lewiston's role in the Underground Railroad, called Freedom Crossing, by Margaret Goff Clark, and is read by thousands of grade school students across the United States every year. The Freedom Crossing Monument commemorates the Underground Railroad movement in Lewiston and was dedicated on October 14, 2009.