The Stonington Historical Society was founded in 1895 and preserves, interprets, and celebrates the history of all of Stonington. We operate two museums: the Old Lighthouse Museum (1840) at Stonington Point and the Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House (1853), a National Historic Landmark and once home to the discoverer of Antarctica. The R.W. Woolworth Library & Research Center houses manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, deeds, probate records, and artifacts that date from pre-contact Native American communities through the present day. These collections are available to the public.
We offer a wide range of educational and internship opportunities. These include age appropriate outreach programs that bring hand on collections into the classroom with experienced guides and teachers for all ages; guided tours of the museums and the research libraries; a Stonington history course at the Stonington High School; Research and mentoring for Connecticut History Day; and internships for high school and college level students. Internships can be designed to explore exhibit design and research, marketing and public relations, editing and desktop publishing, library and archival research, and collections care of artifacts. Each of these would be project based with a deliverable goal. Possible products might include a pop-up exhibit, a publicity campaign, an article in our newsletter, a finding aid in the library, or a set of preservation recommendations, and more.