Niagara Falls National Heritage Area
Archival Digitization Internship at Oakwood Cemetery
The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area offers this unpaid internship in partnership with Oakwood Cemetery for undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates pursuing careers in history, library and information science, museum studies, archives, tourism, and related fields. Historic Oakwood Cemetery was established in 1852 on land donated by Lavinia Porter, and would become the final resting place for families whose names are associated with the growth and development of Niagara Falls as a great industrial city and a world-renowned tourist attraction.
The Archival Digitization Internship at Oakwood Cemetery will provide interns with the opportunity for hands-on experience digitizing historical documents.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 Oakwood Cemetery’s burial permits which cover a period of 130 years. In addition to digitizing the burial permits and other archival materials, further research will be required. A research project will be designed to focus on intern’s interests and experience, and will assist Oakwood Cemetery in further documentation of their residents. Interns can choose to research residents from some of Niagara’s most exciting times, including Annie Edson Taylor – the first person to travel over the Falls in a barrel, the Porter family – City of Niagara Falls founding fathers, who had ties to the Underground Railroad, and many citizens of notable military accomplishments and entrepreneurial endeavors.
As part of the internship, work may can include any of the following tasks:
To apply, please submit a resume or CV and application to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. Applications are available for download at, discoverniagara.org/internships.
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.