LIVERMORE — The life and work of Ethel “Billie” Gammon, founder of the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, is being honored with the establishment of a scholarship fund in her name.
Gammon took great joy in seeing visitors, especially children, “get it” – that history education could be fun and that lessons from rural life in the 19th century are timeless.
“Billie has been described as a bottomless well of energy, a bottomless well of joy, a bottomless well of mischief and a bottomless well of sharing, and it has been said that her love of Norlands was contagious and she shared it with everyone,” said Nancey Drinkwine, volunteer coordinator at Norlands.
In 2010, on the first anniversary of her passing, the Norlands board of trustees established the Ethel “Billie” Gammon History Education Scholarship Fund to honor her enthusiasm for sharing by providing support in her name for “learning through fun.” Scholarships will be awarded annually in two categories to young Maine students of history.
Annually, three $100 scholarships will be awarded to Livermore Falls High School students who demonstrate excellence in history education as a high school student and provide proof of enrollment in post-secondary studies. This is a long-standing scholarship fund, formerly known as the Washburn-Norlands Foundation Scholarship, now renamed in Gammon’s honor and expanded to three students.
Students are selected by the high school advanced placement history teachers.
One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded each year to a Maine high school senior who has been to Norlands and is planning to pursue a field that can be related to the mission of the Norlands, which includes history, but could also include American studies, education, museum studies or sustainable agriculture.
Applicants for the statewide $1,000 scholarship must complete a simple application and submit an essay of 300 to 500 words about how the Norlands relates to and/or has impacted their interests and their life plans. Applications are available on the Web site www.norlands.org or by phoning 897-4366. Applications are due no later than May 1.