By SHELLEY TERRY
A Kent State University Ashtabula student will join the Ashtabula Maritime Museum for the summer.
Bethany Lynn Maltry of Geneva will complete an internship this summer.
“This is the museum’s first intern in its 30-year history,” said Bob Frisbie, museum director. “We are very happy to have such a talented intern join us and we are also looking forward to her work with our museum this summer.”
A Mentor native, Maltry was involved in early childhood education programs during her high school years. She took classes focusing on children with disabilities of all types. She then transferred to Lakeland Community College for education.
In 2010 she was offered a teaching assistant position for the kindergarten through third- grade classroom. The classroom was for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Behavioral Difficulties. She said she happily stayed in the position until July of 2012 when she decided that she wanted to return to school. She has always loved history and decided she would enroll in Kent State University as a history major.
Her earliest internship was with the Geauga County Historical Society & Century Village Museum. She researched and built an exhibit on transportation and communication in the 1800's unique to Geauga County. Bethany also compiled lesson plans based on the exhibit for fourth-grade classrooms. She would open and present her exhibit during museum functions. She did her own research using information obtained through the Century Village Archives, newspaper articles, photographs, and materials found on the site.
While conducting this research, she met Yolita Rausche. Yolita was the owner of Rausche Historic Preservation, LLC and was doing an Intensive Level Architecture Survey of Burton Village National Register of Historic Place.
After speaking there, Maltry was offered a position as technical assistant for the project, which was a great learning experience, she said. Her job was to assist in dating historic buildings. The job included primary source documents (deeds, genealogy records, maps, photographs, tax duplicates, archival materials and newspaper articles). It also included local histories and secondary sources. She eventually created a chronology of the property’s history. Maltry worked on a few homes on the register on her own and fell in love with historic buildings and, more importantly, researching itself.
Maltry received her associates of science in the spring of 2013 and is working on completing her Bachelors of Science degree. She and her fiancé, Brett Kolman, are planning a summer wedding.
“I’m looking forward to learning all I can about the great history of Ashtabula Harbor and working at the museum this summer,” she said.