Wilkes Jordan has joined the AARCH team in the newly-created position of Camp Santanoni Historic Site Manager.
After completing her undergraduate degree in history and museum studies from SUNY Brockport, Wilkes worked at Camp Santanoni as a summer intern in the summer of 2019, where she discovered her strong interest in historic interpretation. Wilkes then returned to Santanoni during the peak of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Her internships at Santanoni inspired her to continue her education as a historian. Following her second Santanoni internship, Wilkes entered the Cooperstown Graduate Program through SUNY Oneonta, focusing on historic preservation, historic interpretation, and public education at museums and historic sites. During her graduate studies Wilkes spent time working or volunteering at the Slate Valley Museum, Hanford Mills Museum, and Little Falls Historical Society. Following graduation, Wilkes worked with her father for a year at Pain in the Glass window repair, preserving historic windows across western New York.
In her free time, Wilkes pursues a number of hobbies, including rockhounding, bird watching, and visual media studies. She will be making her home in Long Lake.
This position is a continuation of AARCH’s partnership with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Great Camp Santanoni is a National Historic Landmark, located in the Adirondack Forest Preserve and in the Essex County town of Newcomb. AARCH manages interpretation and restoration projects at Camp Santanoni in partnership with the site owner, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and with significant support from the Town of Newcomb.