For almost eight months, Wilton High School rising junior Michael Wallace has been volunteering in the Wilton Library History Room. \u201cImmersing myself in the history and learning about all those small things that had happened in town history that nobody really knows about \u2014 that\u2019s what I really like about the job,\u201d said Michael, who was offered the history room volunteer position by Wilton Historical Society Executive Director Leslie Nolan. \u201cI was glad to take it because I\u2019ve always enjoyed history,\u201d he said, \u201cand I thought it would be very interesting to be in a spot that\u2019s filled with so much history in one place.\u201d Michael, who also works as an assistant in Wilton Library\u2019s Children\u2019s Department, said he has been volunteering in the history room since mid- to late-December. When he gets to the history room on Wednesdays, Michael said, there\u2019s usually \u201ca big stack of folders\u201d waiting for him to file. \u201cIt sounds pretty mundane, but it\u2019s something we have to do to keep the history room in tip-top shape,\u201d he said. \u201cSome days, they\u2019ll be very interesting and have photos, records or diaries from the late-1800s.\u201d Once done filing, Michael said, he goes on to do some research. \u201cI just finished a research paper on the churches\u00a0of Georgetown,\u201d he said, \u201cand right now, I\u2019m doing some research into cottage industry in Wilton.\u201d Cottage industry is a business or manufacturing activity carried on in a person's home. In Wilton, this included shirt- and shoe-making, said Michael, whose research has been focused on Wilton shirt-makers Lewis and Elbert Olmstead, William Sturges, and Charles Cannon. \u201cI\u2019ve done about two full days of research so far,\u201d he said. \u201cI probably have one full day of research to go and then two days or so to type it all up.\u201d Michael said he started researching Wilton\u2019s cottage industry in early July and will soon spend about two days putting together a research paper on his findings. \u201cI like doing the research,\u201d he said. \u201cTo me, it\u2019s very interesting to go through documents from the 1800s and hold them in your hands and actually read the words or look at the accounts of people who lived 200 years ago.\u201d Before being filed away, Michael said, his research papers are circulated around the historical society and reviewed by Nolan and other employees, as well as history room curators Scotty Taylor and Carol Russell. Russell, a town historian who has volunteered in the history room for more than 30 years, said Michael is a \u201cgreat young man.\u201d Michael will volunteer in the history room for at least six more months, \u201cbut it could be longer than that,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019re waiting for a researcher who has been hired by the historical society on a grant to do a new exhibit for historical society,\u201d said Michael. \u201cHe\u2019s supposed to start working sometime in September, and I will be helping him.\u201dVolunteering in the history room has not only been a \u201cvery enjoyable\u201d and \u201cvery interesting\u201d experience, said Michael, but a \u201cvery fulfilling\u201d one as well. Michael is also a member of the Wilton High School Model Congress and contributes to the club\u2019s Wilton Bulletin-published columns.