Megan Olver: Historic Germantown

Home of Historic Germantown

What do the early Quakers, George Washington, and I all have in common? We have spent a summer in Germantown! This historic neighborhood, accessible by Septa Bus #23, is full of historic sites that tell stories about early American history. During the summer of 2012 I interned at Historic Germantown, a partnership of 15 independent organizations located throughout Germantown. My duties for this organization included graphics work, updating membership information and mailing out materials, scheduling group tours, and coordinating summer camps. I was also responsible for opening up the Concord School House for summer camps and giving tours of the Historical Society’s two galleries. 

                                              This is Concord School House, where I help with Summer Camp and Second Saturdays

Juneteenth and July 4th were important days for Historic Germantown as the organization hosted two festivals. I was at both of them to make sure people had fun and the kids learned how to play colonial games. 

                                                                                             Stephanie (the other intern) and me at HG’s Juneteenth Celebration

In addition, I helped the staff prepare for their fall fundraiser A New Taste of Germantown. My tasks 
included revising the invitation, designing the RSVP card, creating E-blasts and writing thank-you letters 
to ticket holders. 

Invitation Project

My final task for the summer internship was to create an online advertisement for their Revolutionary Germantown Festival. I will be volunteering at this event and am very excited to see all the planning come together. 

Online Advertisement for Revolutionary Germantown Festival

Since the start of the internship I have learned a tremendous amount about historic site management, as well as organizing cooperation between 15 independent sites.  The most interesting event I was able to participate in were the final stages of the merger between the Germantown Historical Society and Historic Germantown. The two organizations voted on merging together to share staff and resources. Since then, members, the public, and the museum field have needed to be notified of this change. Seeing the final stages of this merger taught me a lot about why a museum merger might occur and what it takes for the merger to be successful.

Overall I had a great experience with Historic Germantown and I look forward to their upcoming fall events. 
I will miss the #23 Bus.

Bus 23