Great Camp Santononi Internship

MA student Patrick Donohue interned over the summer in the Adirondacks.

Being an intern at Great Camp Santanoni demands that one be a jack-of-all-trades. During my time working at Santanoni, last summer, I found that I certainly had my work cut out for me. I had never done woodworking before, but when you finds yourself in the very middle of the middle of nowhere, far from civilization, inspiration is easy to come by. It was a five-mile hike (or horse carriage ride) uphill to get to the main camp, our primary workspace. At the main camp, established by the famous Pruyn family in the 1890s, I gave regular tours to visitors and made physical and cosmetic repairs to the site, keeping the Japanese-style building in useable shape so that future generations may enjoy the site.

With the beauty of the Adirondack mountains surrounding you, you cannot help but help but being inspired, creatively. Through my labor, I tried to combine two of my passions– historical accuracy and public accessibility. Interning at Santanoni is not an endeavor for the faint of heart. It is, however, an exciting opportunity for historians and those who seek adventure.

See reports and reflections from all of the fall 2023 SUNY Brockport Public History interns.

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