Intern pitches in at Historic Bath site
Published 2:29 am Friday, July 2, 2010
By By KEVIN SCOTT CUTLER
Lifestyles & Features Editor
BATH Zach Wallace, a rising senior at Wingate University, could get his fill of history during the school year, but hes spending part of his summer immersed in the subject as a summer intern at Historic Bath State Historic Site.
Wallace, a native of Polkton in the Piedmont region of the state, is working on a volunteer basis through July 10 at the site, building on his education as a history major at Wingate.
I wont get class credits for this, but its something I can add to my transcript and resume, said Wallace, 21. Its a chance for me to see a public history site while Im trying to decide what to do next.
Wallace said hes been a history buff for most of his life.
Ive always liked history. Its one of those things Ive always enjoyed, he said. Since Ive been in college, Ive done North Carolina history, Middle Eastern history, Southern identity and early Indian history. Ive been able to do a lot of different things, make comparisons and see how theyre different but also alike.
While in Bath, Wallace has manned the visitors center and helped catalog vintage photographs that have been offered to the site. Hes also tagged along on tours, soaking up as much local history and lore as he can.
One project he said hes particularly enjoyed has involved the historic Saint Thomas Episcopal Church. Working with Bea Latham, interpreter and assistant site manager at Historic Bath, hes kept busy mapping grave sites in the church cemetery.
Weve made photos and a list of every grave, and were trying to make that small enough to be a brochure to be handed out to visitors, Wallace said. Right now, its about 75 pages, so were trying to condense it into something that will be a little more usable.
Wallace said hed visited Bath and the Beaufort County area in the past, but this is his first hands-on experience with a historic site.
Ive learned how much goes into it that doesnt really have anything to do with history, he said. Theres a lot more to it than I thought there was. You have to have people taking care of the financial end of things and the maintenance.
Wallace said he worked in Wingate Universitys administration office in order to be able to serve as an unpaid volunteer this summer. His dedication is appreciated by the Historic Bath staff.
Having Zach with us this summer has been a great asset to the visitors center because he came in willing to learn every aspect of the operations here and is more than willing to fill in wherever hes needed, Latham said. Weve really appreciated and counted on his volunteer hours in addition to some of the things hes helped organize this summer. His assistance with our Past Times childrens program and his graveyard inventory that we hope to be able to offer to our visitors in the future are hopefully the highlight of his summer and ours.