My daughter Kristin and I recently volunteering at Shippensburg Historical Society. Kristin a Political Science major at Shippensburg University will use her time volunteering to earn college credit. She will look to show how the Sheaffer family has served the community of Shippensburg in a civic and political fashion.
My daughter Kristin has never showed much interest in my research of our family history over the years, as most kids her age could care less. As she transferred to Shippensburg University (located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania) for her Junior year with interest in a Political Science major she suddenly found her family history and career interest merging together. Shippensburg Pennsylvania is what I often refer to as our ancestral hometown. Our family has been in Shippensburg since 1836 and has a long history of public service and civic responsibilty. Although our direct lineage from Shippensburg left sometime near the the turn of 20th century (1900) Shippensburg remains home for many Sheaffer relatives to this day. Having been a member of the Shippensburg Historical Society for many years myself I urged her to volunteer at the society for possible college credit. After contacting the society, a plan was devised for the both of us to volunteer archiving collections with her earning college credit by writing a paper on how politics and civic responsibility influenced our ancestors. Although currently in the early stages of our project she has learned an appreciation of her history that otherwise she would not have. Having a common link to public service and civic duties with her career interest will only enhance her interest in our family history to come. I look forward to spending time archiving with her and watching her learn more about our family history.