Hello! My name is Caitlin, and I am the 2013 summer intern for Vaughn Cottage Library and Museum Archives. I have joined the wonderful Star Island community for a summer of fun and intrigue. I recently graduated from Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana with a degree in history. I have a special love for art history, which is perfect, because Celia Thaxter who lived on the island in the 1800s, was an artist. I can’t wait to learn more about her and all of the other interesting people who lived on this island.
I will be assisting the museum curator by leading some historical tours, facilitating children’s groups, acting as museum docent, and helping with various research projects and interests. There is so much history to learn and share with anyone who is curious. Here at the museum, we have so many tangible artifacts that give people an idea of what life was like in a different time period. One of my initiatives so far is “Item of the Week”. Each week, we will pull out an item from the museum archives to be displayed in the hotel lobby for everyone to see. This week we have one of Oscar Laighton‘s birdhouses. Oscar had a garden on Appledore Island, just like his sister Celia–only his garden was filled with birdhouses!