Summer interns an asset at WCHS

The Warren County Historical Society is successfully moving through the summer season with the help of five summer internship program participants. This year’s internship participants include Jude Harter, Svea Owen, Lauren Christy, Kara Spade and Cody McGraw. Jude Harter is a returning participant and knows his way around the collections. Jude is creating a user friendly database with information pertaining to Irvine-Newbold Estate history. Jude’s project is in conjunction with a newly formed partnership between the Warren County Historical Society and the Allegheny National Forest Service with the objective of providing a more accessible trail through the Irvine-Newbold estate property. Jude has also created a Henry Rouse program of which he successfully riveted the crowd at the Wilder Museum’s Warren County Tales program on July 25. Svea Owen has been working with the Curator of the Seneca Museum Dr. Randy John to improve the index of documentation pertaining to the Seneca Nation, Cornplanter, Kinzua and Corydon archives housed at the Warren County Historical Society. Svea, with the help of Lauren Christy, has also reorganized and enhanced the historical society’s library collection along with the 3rd floor book archives. Lauren Christy has successfully updated the Stepping Stones index, which can be found online at Stepping Stones has been a Warren County Historical Society publication since 1955. Lauren is also creating a genealogical index of the over 140 scrap books featuring Warren County history. Kara Spade and Cody McGraw are recent graduates of Warren Area High School. Kara has been efficiently improving the index for the Photo Album collection and Cody has been indexing the Bourquin Store Ledgers. The Bourquin Store was located in Tidioute and operated from 1852 through 1926. Cody McGraw was selected by WAHS as the Warren County Historical Society History Award recipient for 2013. According to managing director Michelle Gray, “The most exciting experience that we had so far this summer, was viewing the 1915 16mm film of Warren. The film includes Colonel Windsor enjoying lunch at The Pines in North Warren, a horse-drawn fire engine, along with many more minutes of significant historic documentation. In the 1980s, as a preservation measure, this film was transferred to 16mm film and now the historical society is updating their technology again in the interest of preserving this most fascinating film for posterity.”

This year’s summer internship program is funded by the American Legion Post No. 135, Kopf Family Trust, Kylander Oil, Inc., Optical Consulting Services, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and many very generous individuals. For more information, visit