Announcing the 2020 Harry N. Baetjer III

Junior Fellows Program
at the Delaware Historical Society

The Delaware Historical Society invites applications for the Harry N. Baetjer III Junior Fellows Program, a paid summer internship for students entering the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Six fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis for the 2020 session, either at the Society’s downtown Wilmington campus or at the Read House & Gardens, its National Historic Landmark property in Old New Castle.

Baetjer Fellows of all backgrounds and interests gain vital academic and life experience through hands-on projects, discussion of readings, and the mentorship of senior staff members. Their projects include important work with artifacts, site and gallery interpretation, and historical research and culminate in a public presentation at the conclusion of the program. Alums of the program regularly go on to top-ranking colleges, often receiving letters of recommendation from their DHS mentors.

About Harry Baetjer
Harry N. Baetjer III retired from the Tower Hill School in 2017 after 47 years of service. He was a member of the history faculty and served as Dean of Students, Head of the Upper School, and Associate Head of School during the course of his career. The 2020 Baetjer Program was made possible by a generous gift from Michelle and David Shepherd.
Application Deadline
March 15, 2020
How to Apply
Follow the link below to begin your online application. No cover letter or resume is necessary: the webform will give you an opportunity to describe your interests and aptitude as they pertain to the Baetjer Program. A select number of applicants will then be invited to join us for an interview.
Application Form
Letter of Recommendation
In addition to your online application, please ask a teacher, mentor, or supervisor to evaluate your academic abilities, work ethic, and/or aptitude for the program. Please refer your recommender to this page for information on the program. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to
Your individual work as a Baetjer Fellow will total 72 hours between June and August, to be scheduled at the time you sign your contract. You will also be asked to attend a group orientation session, participate in four seminar meetings throughout the summer, and give a brief presentation on your work in August. These components will be scheduled according to mutual availability as soon as the 2020 cohort has been selected. For meetings scheduled at the Read House & Gardens in New Castle, efforts will be made to arrange carpooling from Wilmington for any fellows who may need it.
$599, issued upon completion of the program. It you wish to log community service hours in lieu of the stipend, please indicate this on your application form.
Further questions may be addressed to Brenton Grom, program director and Director of the George Read II House & Gardens, at

2020 Harry N. Baetjer III Junior Fellows Program Presentations

August 13, 2020


Molly Shapiro | Padua Academy ’21
“Bringing the Past into the Present: (Re)building the Read House Website”
Oluwaseun Ogundimu | MOT Charter School ’22
“The Delaware Historical Society: A New Perspective”
Sanjay Long | Archmere Academy ’21
“A Living Museum: Sidewalks, Gardens, and the Challenges of Preservation”
El Bishop | Cab Calloway School of the Arts ’21
“Communication: The Key to Understanding”
Ben Greenberg | The Hill School ’22
READ HOUSE & GARDENS “Rediscovering the Preservation of Old New Castle”
Maura Smeader | Archmere Academy ’21
“A Quaker Goes to Richmond: Transcribing the Diary of Edward Bringhurst, Jr.”

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