Joe volunteered as a research intern during the summer of 2012. He worked on researching furnishings for the mill during the mid-18th century, colonial foodways in Chester and Delaware Counties, historical milling technologies, and historical land use for the Newlin Grist Mill area. He learned about the importance of mills in colonial life and said “they were essential to colonial life, simply by providing a constant source of power. The level of engineering knowledge required to establish and maintain a mill in the 18th century astounds me.” Joe graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in history from Lehigh University. He then enrolled in the M.A. program in history with a concentration in public history at Lehigh University.