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A young man with an old soul; Marietta teen enjoys giving back to the community through history

(Photo provided) DeVol enjoys making pottery in his spare time.

Thirteen-year-old Henry DeVol was born and raised in Marietta.

He attends Veritas Classical Academy, a private independent classical Christian school in Marietta that offers a classical liberal arts education.

DeVol enjoys learning about science, engineering, physics and particularly history.

DeVol started to take an interest in history when his family took a summer trip to the East Coast to Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.

DeVol said one of his favorite aspects of the trip was visiting Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Independence Hall is a historic building

(Photo provided) DeVol is shown riding a scooter in Memphis, TN.

The United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were both debated and adopted at Independence Hall in the same room.

Campus Martius Museum in Marietta was erected in 1928 on the site of the original stockade built by the Ohio Company.

The museum believes volunteers play a big part in preserving its history by educating visitors and impacting the minds of youth.

The museum yearly educates an average of 3,000 students.

Dan Hedges, program coordinator of the museum, works with the volunteers.

(Photo provided) DeVol likes to learn about ancient history and collect Roman artifacts.

One day, DeVol walked and said “What can I do?” Hedges said.

DeVol was interested in volunteering and thought he would go to the Museum to see if there was any way he could help.

“One day I was riding my bike around and thought I’d ask about it (volunteering),” said DeVol.

Hedges said DeVol is really smart, is interested in mythology and old coins and has a great sense of humor.

“He’s a very old soul kind of person,” said Hedges.

(Photo provided) DeVol is holds a design he drew for a Greek vase at school.

One of the opportunities available for volunteers at the museum is being a tour guide at the Rufus Putnam House. It is the oldest house in Ohio.

The only requirement to volunteer is to bring enthusiasm. DeVol said he loves being a volunteer tour guide and thinks it is fun.

“I get to teach people about things I love, I get to meet new people and serve my community,” said DeVol.

DeVol also was able to help with the summer camp at the museum. DeVol said he was able to help the other kids learn about history and practice new skills and traits.

Summer camp offers information on Native American artifacts, life on a towboat, pioneer life and the Muskingum River.

Hedges said DeVol also helped him take photos of the summer camp for the museum.

DeVol is part of a tight-knit family. His family is comprised of him, his two parents, his older brother and their dog.

In his spare time, DeVol enjoys reading nonfiction history books.

“I read any types of books, mainly history books,” he said.

He also likes to learn about ancient history and collect ancient Roman artifacts. DeVol is interested in watching Formula One racing, making pottery and also is a piper of the traditional Scotland musical instrument, the bagpipe.

DeVol’s family is proud of the young man he is becoming.

“We’re just proud of him and that he wants to help the community,” said Stacy DeVol, Henry’s mother.

Troy DeVol, Henry’s father, said it is great seeing his son grow up to be his own person.

“He’s proud to be himself,” said Troy DeVol.

James Dobbs can be reached at jdobbs@newsandsentinel.com

About Henry:

∫13-year-old who was born and raised in Marietta

∫Attends Veritas Classical Academy

∫Volunteers at Campus Martius Museum as a tour guide at the Rufus Putnam House

To learn more about how you can volunteer at the Campus Martius Museum, visit mariettamuseums.org/volunteer/

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