LIVERMORE — The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center has announced Deliliah Jordan of Livermore as its 2016 Ethel “Billie” Gammon History Education Summer Fellow.

This is the seventh year the Norlands has offered the award to a Maine high school senior in honor of Gammon, the Norlands founder.

As a summer fellow, Jordan participates as a member of Norlands’ staff, and gains experience in living history education and museum operations. She will receive a $1,000 stipend.

During open days at Norlands, Jordan gives tours of the 1867 Washburn mansion. She is creating a child-friendly tour with hands-on activities planned for each room in the house museum.

This is not Jordan’s first venture into the Washburn family history. Last year, she scanned family letters as a student in the hands-on history class at Spruce Mountain High School. She helped write a soon-to-be-published online exhibit about Elihu, one of the seven Washburn brothers.

She believes hands-on history has a place in the classroom.

“Through my frequent visits to Norlands and an interactive class at the high school, I developed a newfound purpose in my life,” she said. “I made the choice to major in early childhood education to make a difference in kids’ lives and better their futures. It is my hope to find a career teaching at a school that promotes the importance of history and advocates for active learning of the past for their students.”

She will attend the University of Maine at Farmington in the fall.


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