Dirt, mud and spiders just part of Hagley interns' job

By Mellany Armstrong 7:18am, July 18, 2013 - Updated 12:48pm, July 18, 2013
Summer interns get into an itsy bitsy mess, trying to bring new life to the Hagley Museum in Wilmington.

WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.

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It's a dirty job.

"Dealing with the sand and the wood and the dirt."

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But 19-year-old Sam Friedman and 23-year-old Charles Shuler, masonry students at the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, South Carolina, are getting hands-on experience laying stonework as they help rebuild a historic millrace and turbine at the Hagley Museum.

"I've had to crawl up that pipe a thousand times over because I'm the smallest one. That's the dirtiest I got, just a lot of spider webs and stuff," Sam said.

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Charles says he fought a bit of claustrophobia.

"It was so dark in there, you were just kind of feeling your way around, and if you found a hole, try to fix it as best you could," he said.

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Director of museum services Joan Hoge-North says they are working to restore water power to Hagley's machine shop, the way it was back in the early 1800s.

"Right now, that is powered by a little electric motor that's plugged into the wall, and when we're finished with this project, it will be powered by the turbine and the water, the power of the Brandywine," she said.

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Charles plans to visit when the multi-phase project is complete.

"It'd be great to come back and see it finished, and know that we helped a little bit in the process," Charles said.

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