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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Peter Strauss Ranch

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The image above is of an aviary which was in use during the Harry Miller period at Peter Strauss Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains. "Peter Strauss Ranch is a historic site eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places under Criteria A (association with historic events or trends) and B (association with persons significant in our past). The site is significant at the state level under Criterion A for its association with…
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If I told you that I visited 5 states in two days, would you believe me? Well, believe it or not, Thursday and Friday my roommate and I decided to go on a two day road trip. We actually left after work on Wednesday so technically it was 2.5 days but who's counting right? We drove up to Montana on Wednesday. We originally were going to visit Glacier National Park, but had been advised against…
Monday, August 10, 2015

Survival Camp

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Just like the previous week, this past week was filled with joy, slightly less frustration, and tons of food. For this round of camp, we had 22 7th-9th graders. What's really cool was that through the outreach that I and another intern did, we were able to recruit 2 Hispanic children to attend the camp, which is remarkable seeing that it's the first time that has happened since the beginning of camp 6 years ago.…
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  Fellow LHIPster Naomi Doddington and I collaborated on documenting a pergola structure located within the former mansion of famous Andrew Carnegie, now the Cooper Hewit Design Museum. The pergola is composed of four free standing limestone columns which support a three level wooden trellis with decorative rafter tails. The wooden structure has withstood weathering of over 100 years, and as you can imagine, it isn’t in tip-top shape. It will soon be replaced, this…
Saturday, August 08, 2015

Getting Outdoors and Feeling the Heat

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Hey everyone! So these past two weeks have been eventful and exciting (good thing I remember them for the most part). As usual, I've been working on my exhibit, but since my time here is coming to a close we have been making more of an effort to go outdoors and see all the historical and archaeological sites in Del Rio. Last Friday one of my coworkers took me to go see the rest of…
Saturday, August 08, 2015

Future Professional Flint Knapper

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Each time I begin a new rotation at SEAC, I say that it’s my favorite. Excavating at a prehistoric Native American site, compiling data for a climate change study, teaching students about archaeology – each rotation has offered a new perspective and the chance to develop new skills within the National Park Service. My penultimate rotation is in Archaeological Collections and Information Management (ACIM) and, you guessed it, I think this one may be my…
Saturday, August 08, 2015

Ghost Hunting at Fort Hunt

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Okay, so maybe ghost hunting is a little adventurous. Nevertheless, I did find myself back at Fort Hunt a couple of times last week checking the site out and learning more about the history. Fort Hunt has been a round for a long time: it was part of Washington's estate, and later was used during the Spanish War, and most recently, it was integral in operations during World War II. The fort was originally called…
Saturday, August 08, 2015

In Which Edrea Has Her Longest Week Ever

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But it was worth it! [caption id="attachment_3032" align="alignnone" width="169"] part of the collection of baskets at NMAI.[/caption] My week started early on Monday with a trip to the Smithsonian's National museum of the American Indian's Cultural Resource Center. There, we got to see how other museums store and care for their artifacts. It was amazing seeing the facility and all the different types of collections they had. We were able to see everything from miniscule…
Friday, August 07, 2015

To be continued...

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As the 10-week segment of my internship comes to a close, I am excited to report that my position has been extended for an additional year. There has been a lot of turnover at the office, and having the centennial celebrations just around the corner, I was offered to stay at the office as a set of extra hands. And this has been one of the greatest qualities of my time in D.C., being able…
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Looking at the social justice movements in the United States the theory does in fact exist and explains the current issues that have impacted Chicano/a communities. To indicate time of history we certify the 1848 the end of the Mexican-American war by the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that has consequently been in violations to the promise of the people who had resided and had their land. Sadly the people lost the land due to not…
Friday, August 07, 2015

Wrapping up in 3-d

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As the summer comes to a close, I'm taking stock of all that I've done and learned. I've lost count of the number of museums I've visited, but I enjoyed every one. I've shopped in local boutiques and spent time in various parks. I've also learned some new skills that apply to my field. The first is 3 dimensional photogrammetry. In this process, you take multiple photographs of an object at different angles and then…
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Being confined to a cubicle for my summer research project is not what I had in mind when I applied for an internship with the National Park Service (NPS). This is my first time in an office setting. Prior to this project, my workspaces have consisted of construction and archeological sites or a library desk. My cubicle at the WASO office has two large windows, and on a daily basis, I see people strolling outside…
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The program is coming to it’s end for me and although I am ecstatic to get home to my daughter and my husband, I look back on these past 9 (almost 10) weeks with such a varied scope – the natural ebb and flow mimics itself on every scale and with that come great lessons. I have definitely experienced some highs and lows throughout this process, but without that balance nothing worthwhile could be really…
Friday, August 07, 2015

Presentation Time

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I have just finished week 7 of my 10 week internship and it went by so fast! This week I was set to present the work I have done on the Harriet Tubman Jr. Ranger booklet. The booklet will contain information and activities related to the future Harriet Tubman National Monument site. My job is to include the necessary and accurate historical information that children and young adults can learn from. I want to make…
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The concept behind HAF and the Latino Heritage Internship was quite appealing; I agreed with the need for a better relationship between national parks and the Latino community. My interest in museum studies really opened my eyes to the demographics of educational institutions, such as museums and parks. How was it that local minorities were not taking advantage of the natural, or in my case historical resources that were often times free and at their…
Friday, August 07, 2015

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

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Can you believe that last week we have started our FINAL project for the summer? … I can’t either! Where has the summer gone? In the mist of realizing that my internship is almost coming to an end, our team has collaborated with Alex von Bieberstein (Historical Landscape Architect) to assist her with the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site (MAVA) project. The site is located in Kinderhook, New York and was purchased by Martin…
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