Maryana Carreon

Maryana Carreon

Thursday, 23 July 2020 17:33

West Coast to the East Coast

Hello Everyone! My name is Maryana Carreón. I recently graduated (Class of 2019, Woot woot!) from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and minor in History. I am originally from the small town of Hemet, California. This week I moved from the West (Best?) Coast to the East Coast for my internship at Salem Maritime and Saugus Ironworks National Historic Sites. Here is how it's been going so far.

First off, the car ride from the airport to my apartment was an exciting one! Immediately I noticed the difference in landscape, architecture, and city layouts. There's brick and wood buildings here, yall! I've seen them in my life, of course, but they are not too common in California. Also, basements! Wow!

So far my internship has been extremely flexible in order to fit COVID guidelines. I have been in constant communication with my supervisors who have been extremely flexible and want me to have the best possible experience in this current situation. Because I just moved to Salem, I am currently under quarantine for two weeks. During my time in quarantine, I will be reading/researching the history of the area and the park, as well as attending staff meetings and virtual programs and events. Once my self-quarantine is over, I will be able to go out onto the field and do some socially distanced work! This will involve exploring both Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic sites as well as the nearby El Punto neighborhood in order to gain a better understanding of the community and history of the area.  I aim to connect with park staff, locals, and the surrounding Latinx communities in order to help create stronger relationships and encourage stewardship and engagement!

One of the goals I have for this program is to help facilitate conversation and a stronger relationship between the National Park Service and it’s surrounding communities, as well as to help inspire more Latinx stewardship and park engagement. I'm so excited for what is to come!

After my internship, I also hope to answer the age-old question: Which coast is the best coast?

Friday, 24 April 2020 00:16

Maryana Carreon

I am from Hemet, California. I am a first-generation college graduate and daughter of Mexican immigrants. I recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a major in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in History. I became interested in this program because I want to pursue a career with the National Park Service and I thought this program is the perfect way to combine my career interest with my cultural heritage. I want to explore the many ways the NPS preserves history and recreation. I appreciate that the Latino Heritage Program encourages the Latino community to engage and participate in conservation and preservation, as this is important and historical work that many Latinos may feel left out of or not necessarily connected to. With this experience, I hope to engage and connect communities to the National Park Service and discover/explore my own interests in this greater context of conservation and culture.