My name is Katie and I’m this summer’s Lee Family Digital Archive (LFDA) intern at Stratford Hall. I’m excited to be spending part of my summer in such a beautiful, historic place and in my home state. I graduated in May from Simmons College in Boston, where I received my MS concentrating in Archival Management. Boston was a neat city to live in (never a shortage of things to do and explore), but I am happy to be back home in Virginia and get into local history again. I hope to one day work in a museum, but am open to any position related to archives!
As the LFDA Intern, I contribute to the Lee Family Digital Archive’s ongoing work of providing digital access to Lee family documents. Since starting last week, I have already transcribed and published a handful of Robert E. Lee’s military and personal letters on the LFDA website, including one interesting letter pertaining to portraits of George Washington painted by Gilbert Stuart. I expect there will be no shortage of fascinating history to uncover as I continue my internship and decipher 18th and 19th century cursive.
Since arriving, I have settled myself in the Bank Barn, where I am rooming with a lovely group of archaeology field students from the University of Mary Washington. I have already started exploring the estate grounds and have taken a tour of the Great House, which I will do again soon (my belief is there’s always something new to notice or find out). I hope to continue my adventuring on the weekends in good weather, including trying my luck at the Stratford Cliffs beach looking for fossils.
I’m looking forward to the rest of my internship here at Stratford Hall and getting to learn more about the Lees. Having heard about Robert E. Lee all my life, it’s wonderful to be so immersed in the family history. I plan on writing a few blog updates during my time here, relating to more of my intern activities on Lee family research. Stay tuned!