Kimberly Downs-Steiner
Dabbs Woodfin Intern
Newlin Grist Mill Intern

Kimberly organized, re-housed, and catalogued the archival collection of the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM). The SPOOM collection consists of the organization’s institutional records as well as an extensive compilation of information related to mills state by state. Valuable publications, books, photographs, slides, and postcards are also a part of the SPOOM collection.


In addition to her work with the SPOOM archives, Kimberly also worked with the Newlin Grist Mill collection. The project involved re-housing and cataloguing numerous records such as old land deeds and account books related to the mill and the surrounding communities. She created an organization system for institutional records, worked to make sure that the records and manuscripts were housed properly, and entered records into the PastPerfect database. Kimberly also catalogued all of rare books and reference books in the library. Kimberly graduated in 2010 from the University of Delaware with a B.A. degree in Art Conservation.

Brian McBride
Dabbs Woodfin Intern

Historic Structure Report and Deed Research

Brian updated the Newlin Grist Mill historic structure report with additional data on the mill and other buildings in the historic complex and also worked to examine old deeds, making particular note of changes and improvements to the mill. Brian’s research led to a ownership history of the mill. Brian also trained in the interpretation of the mill and led mill tours. Overall, his work helped us gain a more complete understanding of how the mill changed over time. This has informed how we furnish, preserve, manage, and interpret the mill. Brian was an American Studies major at West Chester University.

Kristina Montville
Museum Studies Intern

Kristina gained valuable experience on what it is like to work at a small, non-profit organization. She participated in many different projects, sampling many career avenues in the museum field. She worked to transcribed historical documents, completed research projects in the archives, and worked with artifacts unearthed as part of the community archaeology program. Kristina processed an entire collection of artifacts that she properly cleaned, identified, and researched. Kristina is a graduate of Garnet Valley High School and began attending Franklin and Marshall College.

2011 Interns

Message to Our Community

As events develop with the COVID-19 virus, Newlin Grist Mill (NGM) continues to closely monitor the situation and follow guidance from the CDC and all levels of government including social distancing and restrictions on gatherings. The NGM will be taking the following steps, starting today March 16 through April 30:

  • The NGM Visitor Center, Archive, Blacksmith Shop, Millwright Shop, and public restrooms will be closed;

  • All tours, programs and events have been postponed or cancelled during this period;

  • Pond Fishing will remain closed until further notice;

  • The Fishing Breakfast has been cancelled;

  • Rentals and photography sessions are being cancelled for this period of time;

  • There will be no Volunteer Wednesday Workdays;

  • The trails will remain open but parking is limited

Decisions concerning additional closings will follow based on the developing situation. Please check back for updates.

While the trails at Newlin Grist Mill remain accessible while the site is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we do want to remind everyone of a few things:

  • Continue to observe proper social distancing when you are on the trails. If you are ill or have been around anyone who is ill or has been exposed to the virus, please remain at home. If you arrive and find that the parking lot is crowded, please postpone your visit to another time.  

  • Please remember that all dogs must be on a leash that is held securely by the owner at all times. This is a township law, and it is to protect the health and safety of all park visitors (human and canine) and the wildlife in the park.

  • The park contains unique habitats that are home to sensitive plants and animals, some of which are being monitored through ongoing scientific surveys.  Please stay on the trails to avoid disturbances (wading, dip netting, collecting, rock throwing etc.) that could damage wildlife and vegetation. 

  • Remember that collecting of any kind, including plants and animals, is prohibited in the park.

We appreciate your understanding and support during this challenging time.

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