Seneca Falls Historical Society creates internship in honor of past volunteer

The Seneca Falls Historical Society has created an internship program for the summer in honor of a woman who devoted 30 years to volunteering at the establishment.

At age 97, Eleanor W. McIntyre passed away on October 29, 2019. Ellie had volunteered at the Seneca Falls Historical Society for more than 30 years. She was extremely knowledgeable about local Seneca Falls history and enjoyed giving tours at the museum. She especially enjoyed working with the young people who participated in museum activities.




In memory of Ellie, her family along with the Seneca Falls Historical Society has established the Ellie McIntyre Summer Intern Memorial, which will be utilized for a summer student internship. The yearly program will run for 6 weeks and the selected Mynderse Academy student will have the opportunity to experience and appreciate their local history up close and personal as they head into their senior year. Duties will range from learning to care and protect historical artifacts and archives, to assisting with tours and working closely with the Society Staff.

The Seneca Falls Historical Society is excited to announce that the 2021 recipient of the Ellie McIntyre Memorial Summer Scholarship is Madison Cosentino from Seneca Falls. 

Currently a Junior at Mynderse Academy, Madison has a keen interest in learning about history and sharing her newfound knowledge. One of the many reasons Madison applied for the internship was she felt it was a great opportunity ‘to experience a real-life museum environment’ to see it as a potential career path in the museum or related Industry. 

‘Madison exemplifies the ideals and person the Historical Society had in mind for the Internship’ said Chris Podzuweit Executive Director of the Historical Society. The Ellie McIntyre Memorial Internship was made available by the generosity of the McIntyre family in memoriam of their mother Ellie who was a longtime volunteer and supporter of the Historical Society. The yearly program will run for 6 weeks, and the selected Mynderse Academy student will have the opportunity to experience and appreciate their local history up close and personal as they head into their Senior year.  

Through this very generous donation, this program will become a permanent position every summer. Those wishing to contribute to the memorial fund may do so through the Seneca Falls Historical Society.

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