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This is the week that I have been waiting for since I first read about the internship and talked to my expected supervisor about the project that I would be undertaking at the site. In conjunction with my supervisor, who has been great in getting me prepared and answering all my questions these past few weeks, I have begun to embark on my project. As the title states, I will be researching the people whose…
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Museums, Memorials and more Museums

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Hello readers, The past two weeks have continued to be fun and full of learning. To this date, we are still producing the digital drawings of our row house closing in on the end product. It has been very interesting working with the point cloud and also the field measurements to be as accurate as possible when translating all our field notes. But for this Blog post I'm going step away from my work and…
Friday, July 12, 2019

I survived 4th of July!

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For weeks we had been preparing the commemoration for the 243rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence! This year's annual Independence Day celebration on the National Mall was like no other! It featured music, flyovers, fireworks, and President Donald J. Trump “Salute to America.” In this case, volunteers played a vital role when it comes to manning down the fort. Working for the partnerships division as a volunteer recruiter I have an extremely important task…
Friday, July 12, 2019

Learn Something New Everyday

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Hello everyone my latest update is finally here from Cowpens National Battlefield/Kings Mountain National Battlefield! This week I learned the main roles of park rangers and volunteers. They both work and operate in aiding the park by working or volunteering. I learned that it is important for rangers to always research and learn new information through books and any type of plausible research. It is incredible how all these people, whether rangers or volunteers have…
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Whether you call it pampas, prairies, praderas, or temperate grassland, they were declared the world’s most endangered ecosystem according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in 2008 , a new thing that I just learned here at Homestead National Monument of America. The Monument includes a 100 acres restored prairie to approximate the ecosystem that was here by the time of the Homestead era. Aware of the destruction of the prairies in…
Friday, July 12, 2019

The Best Source of Information

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Hello again everyone I’m here today to talk about an influential person here at my park/battlefield! The best influential person here at my internship between both parks is a park ranger Rolland. He is very knowledgeable on the history of the Battle of Cowpens during the American Revolutionary War as well as American Revolutionary War history in general. He served in the U.S. Navy for twenty years and then became a park ranger here in…
Friday, July 12, 2019

Reliving History at Ninety-Six

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Hello again everyone I’m here today to talk about an unexpected journey I had here at my park/battlefield! The unexpected journey that I was able to experience was getting an opportunity to go to Ninety Six National Historic Site dressed up as an American Revolutionary War era British red coat and help out at the summer camp there for a week. I was allowed to educate the kids about colonial life and how a British…
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Now that I’ve spent a good amount of time during the past two weeks familiarizing myself with the history of the fort, I am now better able to describe the site and the history behind it. Bent’s Old Fort played a unique and significant role in American expansion in the west, especially the southwest. The adobe fort was constructed by ~150 Mexicans from nearby New Mexico at the behest of the Bent, St. Vrain &…
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Hello everyone I’m back once again with the latest update on Cowpens and Kings Mountain! So my project I found out will be podcasts for both parks. I intend to prepare a podcast on the orientation for each park which will cover what both parks have to offer and serve as a little introductory recording as it were of both parks. I will also be giving another podcast which will focus on something related to…
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

What I am Learning at my National Parks

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Since I have been here at Cowpens National Battlefield and Kings Mountain National Military Park I have learned so much. I have learned the day to day operations of the visitor centers, meeting and greeting visitors and guests to both parks, in addition to my progress on my project of creating podcasts to help promote the parks and their special events. As I stated in my first blog, I am a double major in secondary…
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Into new things

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I have been at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and I can honestly say that this place is really growing on me. These past weeks I have been out engaging with the public and conducting my Netul Walk program, which has been great. It was pretty awesome to see some people from my area visit the park as I was able to give them good information on the area, the awesome vegetation around here,…
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On my first day here, as Ranger Meredith was driving us around to see both Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, I began to think about the Native Americans who lived here. We had just visited Hospital Rock [pictured], a boulder painted with Native American petroglyphs and a site that had bedrock mortars in which the Native Americans would grind acorns into a powder and eventually make into food. I knew about Native Americans and…
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National Mall and Memorial Parks (NAMA) was officially established in 1965, it contains more than 1,000 acres of the oldest protected park lands in the National Park Service. The National Mall is America's front yard, featuring the Washington Monument, WWII and Lincoln Memorials, 156 reservations, circles, fountains and more. The areas within NAMA provides visitors with ample opportunities to commemorate presidential legacies; honor the nation’s veterans and military history; as well as exposure to American…
Tuesday, July 09, 2019

A Fascinating Trip: Ford’s Theater

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I can’t believe my time interning with the National Park Service is half way done. With the Office of Communications getting ready for Latino Conservation Week this July 13th-21st, I thought this would be a great time to get out, relax, and see a national park service site in action before activities are in full swing! There are so many wonderful National Park Service sites to visit in Washington, D.C., but after some consideration, I…
Monday, July 08, 2019

The things I have learned!

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As part of our team bonding, we were able to camp at Mt. Rainier and got to know each other better in an outdoor enviroment! Mind you this was also my first time camping as well, I had never slept in a tent or even made a fire before this trip. Immediately I started to learn new things as we arrived to our campsite, I built my first tent but not with out some help…
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Walking to work I often hear the *snap* of a branch and turn to find a deer, both of us briefly startled by each other as we go about our day. Deer are very common here in Kings Canyon, I see them almost everyday! A whole family of them live behind my cabin, sleeping and eating while I watch them creepily through my window. They are like a forbidden dog, cute but I can’t touch…
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