Preble County Historical Society



The Preble County Historical Society seeks two undergraduate or graduate students studying history or a related humanities discipline to assist in the continuing digitization of our archival collection. The project will include scanning and cataloging archival material to make our historic materials more accessible to the public. This project is made possible by generous funding from Ohio Humanities.


The Preble County Historical Society is a non-profit corporation organized in 1971 with the mission to promote knowledge of Preble County and to collect, preserve, display, and maintain materials and objects of all types which have historical interest and significance to Preble County.

The Preble County Historical Society is located at the intersection of three state routes (503, 122, and 725) in southeast Preble County. The Center is a 255-acre farmstead established in 1974 when Sara Swartsel conveyed her property to the Society. The property includes 108 tillable acres leased for farming operations and 11 acres of museum grounds, including a 19th century farmstead, an 1813 log house, Exhibit Hall building, an 1855 smokehouse and over six miles of hiking trails.

The Preble County Historical Society is committed in policy, principle, and practice to maintaining an environment that prohibits discriminatory behavior and provides equal opportunity for all persons; and hence, prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law in any aspect of the access to, admission, or treatment of students in its programs and activities, or in employment and application for employment.


• Scanning archival material such as photographs, postcards, ledgers, letters, dairies, etc.

• Organizing, labeling, and boxing archival materials as directed

• Photographing oversized items

• Updating or creating catalog records within our PastPerfect database system

• Editing photographs to specifications for PastPerfect and social media using Adobe Photoshop

• Writing post for Facebook, Instagram, and local newspaper using newly digitized items

Preble County Historical Society


• Undergraduate or graduate student seeking humanities degree with an interest in local history

• Strong communication and collaboration skills

• Ability to work independently

• Experience handling archival materials or knowledge of handling practices

• Knowledge of PastPerfect or collection database systems

• Experience using Adobe Photoshop


The internship will start July 2021 and must be completed by November 2021.


$10 an hour. Internship to not exceed $1,500.00 in total. Students may not receive course credit for this internship.

To Apply, please send cover letter and resume detailing relevant education and experience by June 15th to