Introducing Colleen Williamson

Introducing Colleen Williamson
IUPUI Public History Intern

We also welcome Colleen Williamson, a college intern who began the school year with the Crown Hill Foundation. She’s a student at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) in their Public History program through the Department of History. Colleen holds a B.A. in History from Bryn Mawr College and is currently working towards her Master of Arts in History and Master of Library and Information Science at IUPUI. She began her career in libraries and archives, with a fellowship at the Library of Congress before moving to Egypt to work at the American University in Cairo University Archives. Before coming to Crown Hill, she worked as a librarian with the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne. 

So far this semester, Colleen has been learning about tombstone restoration, preservation and cleaning. Other projects include an inventory of the cemetery’s archives, determining which resources should be scanned and made available to the public, and the preservation needs of paper materials. Colleen is looking forward to learning more about historic preservation and everything that Crown Hill has to offer.

Seeking Interns

Colleen is the first in our new internship program at the cemetery. Working with professional staff of the Heritage Foundation, interns could learn more about cemetery preservation, landscape design, education, social media and more. Crown Hill is offering summer and school year internships for undergrads and grad students with interest and backgrounds in history, anthropology, museum studies, education, horticulture, historic preservation and other related degrees. If you or someone you know is interested in working at a National Register of Historic Places site, contact us at for more information.