BETHEL — Two Bethel Historical Society members — Don and Karen Bean of Bethel — have made a generous donation to inaugurate fundraising for an “Internship Endowment” with a projected goal of $20,000. Once achieved, this will provide enough income to guarantee that high school age students will benefit from the high school history internship program, which was started in 2007 to provide valuable historical education experiences for qualified students in grades 9-12.

During July and August, interns participate in a variety of activities, including house museum interpretation, historical walking tours, exhibit research and preparation, special event and programming development, and collections management. This educational opportunity, which includes a $1,000 stipend for the two-month period, offers important public history experiences and numerous insights into the preservation and interpretation of local and regional history.

Initial funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, plus donations from society members and friends in memory of Judith Haskell — an outstanding volunteer who was keenly interested in passing along her love of history to students of all ages.

Financial gifts toward this fund are welcome at any time. All contributions will be added to the Bean’s donation and are tax deductible. For more information, call 824-2908 or 800-824-2910 or email [email protected] Internship information is available at

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