LIVERMORE — The Washburn-Norlands Foundation is seeking applications for the Ethel “Billie” Gammon History Education Summer Fellowship Award. High school seniors planning to attend college in the fall and students who have completed one year or less of college are welcome to apply.

The selected individual will be a member of the Norlands Living History Center’s summer staff team and receive a $1,000 stipend that can be used toward their education.

The Summer Fellow gains experience in living history education, museum operations, historic agriculture and other topics that may relate to his/her interests. The professional development opportunity is designed to honor the Norlands founder’s enthusiasm for sharing American history using living history methods. Applications are due by Tuesday, May 1.

Students must complete an application form and submit an essay of 750 to 1,000 words describing what inspires them about Norlands and their goals for being named a Billie Gammon Fellow. Applicants must describe how they think their experience at Norlands will help them with their college/career pursuits. One letter of recommendation is also required. Final candidates will be invited for interviews in mid-to-late May and the winner will be announced in early June.

To receive the full award, the fellow is expected to work for the Norlands for 90 hours (approximately two days and 10 hours a week) during late June through August, and under the mentorship of Norlands’ staff members, undertake such work, including but not limited to, giving tours of the Washburn family mansion and other historic buildings, working in the gift shop, conducting research, assisting with special events, helping with farm work and general administrative tasks.

The fellow will round out his/her experience by completing a capstone project summarizing the work by writing an article, making a public presentation, completing a research project, or other mutually-determined project of interest.

For more information or to download an application form, visit, email [email protected], or call 207-897-4366.

Ethel “Billie” Gammon

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