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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Figuring Out the Tricky Stuff

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[caption id="attachment_2864" align="alignright" width="533"] This connection is made up of 10 separate elements. Add the 4 different angles involved and you have one complicated little spot.[/caption] As I continue to work on the drawings for the steel staircase,* there's one area that has proven to be very complicated to visualize and understand. That is the top section of the landings. The use of angle iron lead to some rather ingenious uses of brackets in several…
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Event Planner Extraordinaire!

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Before I left my home in California for Maryland, I planned a goodbye dinner with 5 of my closest friends. Craving Indian food, I searched Yelp for the best place in town and made reservations the day prior. Immediately after, I sent out a group text with the date, time, place, and directions. Great, done. Easy. On the day of the dinner, half of my friends proclaimed their preference of Mediterranean food. Being the people…
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Historian Skills

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My supervisor has been great at exposing me to many valuable skills that I can use in my future career as a historian. Recently, we got the opportunity to visit the historical Howard University. Some of my favorite alumni include Mrs. Huxtabel a.k.a. Phylicia Rashad, Civil Rights activists, Stockely Carmichael and Andrew Young Jr, as well as writer, Toni Morrison. I was very grateful to be in an institution that helped create such influential people.…
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City hall plaza flooded with yellow, blue, red, and orgullo. A week ago, July 20th, Colombia celebrated 205 years of sovereign rule. And, the Colombian Community here in Lowell, Massachusetts celebrated like no other. Music, dance, heritage, culture all merged together in a vivacious ceremony that sure did show that Colombians know how to have a good time. At 1pm, Oh Gloria Inmarcesible (the Colombian anthem) rang out and over 200 Colombianos intently watched their…
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sharing what NPS means

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Is the NPS obscure to minority communities? Many minorities grow up not being exposed to park space, and, thus, they grow up without the incline to visit national parks. It is a sad truth to know that people with the same background as me will never experience what I am experiencing. I have been asked, what should be done to draw more underrepresented minorities into the park? I think that the first step is to…
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Hi everyone! Remember that 5-day, island-camping adventure to the Channel Islands National Park I told you I'd be participating in? Well guess what, I participated in it! So let me tell you how it went! I took a giant yacht-like boat with the SAMO Youth Group from Ventura Harbor and braved the choppy waters for about 3.5 hours, in which we saw dolphin pods, sea lions, gulls, and humpback whales! Our boat, run by Island…
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Robot Hitchhiking Across the Country

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Hi everyone! I want to share a weird but awesome experience I had the other day while stationed at the North Bridge. I do not know if any of you know who or what Hitchbot is, but here is an explanation as to the robot I met the other day! I know it sounds weird, but this robot is hitchhiking his way across the country, and is making his way to San Francisco. This robot…
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[caption id="attachment_2690" align="aligncenter" width="373"] GOIS 'Site Wide' Treatment Map[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2691" align="aligncenter" width="365"] GOIS 'Monument Core' Treatment Map[/caption] While two of the other interns at OCLP, Kristi and Ericka were off in Acadia last week, Shanaisha and I have been working hard on our individual projects at the office. I have been continuing to work with Tim Layton (landscape architect) this week to wrap up my ‘to-do’ list for the Governors Island National Monument (GOIS)…
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Another week learning at the Castillo

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This past week I spent at another Hands on History camp at the Castillo, helping campers and learning more about the fortress. I spent most of the week behind a camera capturing what the campers were doing to put on the Castillo's Facebook page. At first, I wasn't very good at handling the camera but as the week progressed, I got better and was able to capture some great moments. You can see some of…
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Hi Friends! I’ve been in San Francisco for five weeks now, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it! My research and work here has introduced me to the Pacific West Region in more ways than I ever thought possible. [caption id="attachment_2469" align="alignleft" width="300"] Officer's Club, Mesa Room[/caption] This week through the Discover SF! program I became familiarized with El Presidio de San Francisco and The Presidio Officer’s Club where our group visited exhibits about the…
Monday, July 27, 2015

A Walk Down the River

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Last week I led my first interpretive nature walk down the Lewis and Clark River and it was great. I led two walks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. In the morning I had 50 people, mostly older couples, while the afternoon was more interactive with only 20 people. My talk focused on the river as a source of survival for the different groups of people who used the river. Before Lewis…
Sunday, July 26, 2015

Field Work at Paramount Movie Ranch

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Hello! Jose Gonzalez here :) These photos are from my first field visit, which was to the Paramount Movie Ranch in Agoura Hills, CA. This site is on the National Register of National Historic Places at the state level under NR Criterion A, as one of the last extant 'movie ranch' properties associated with Hollywood's golden era during the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's" (NPS Cultural Landscapes Inventory 2005). [caption id="attachment_2326" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Western Town at…
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Including Everyone, Step by Step

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Busy days in the office consist of: rummaging through Point Reyes National Seashore’s computer drives to find the best images for the ranger book, continuing to edit the activities I am working on for the junior ranger book, and starting to translate the completed activities to Spanish! It is an exciting feat to be behind this opportunity for a new audience and a new group of Junior Rangers. Who knows, it could also potentially spark…
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Preserving our Stories & Experiences

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These past few weeks I have been training high school students and young adults in the Richmond and Washington D.C. areas on how to conduct oral histories for the National Park Service. I've also, through my internship, had the chance to go through a service-wide oral history training in Philadelphia, PA. This session was attended by interns and staff in the Northeast region of NPS. It was through this 3-day session that I had I …
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The festivities for Latino Conservation Week started early for me, as I became naturalized on July 9th. Although the ceremony was not done at a national park, the communications team threw a surprise party for me, and this was not just any party. There was a U.S. flag beach ball, patriotic hats, President [caption id="attachment_2582" align="alignright" width="300"] NPS Communications' Team[/caption] bobbleheads and even a cake that had the U.S. flag on both the top, and…
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Hey Friends! I had a pretty spectacular week in Grand Teton National Park. It seems that my weeks just keep getting better and better the more I spend here. [caption id="attachment_2503" align="alignleft" width="297"] Moose-Southern Part of GTNP[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2502" align="alignleft" width="300"] Colter Bay-Northern Part of GTNP[/caption]               This past Thursday I finally was able to do my Law Enforcement ride along with Park Ranger Aimee Hanna. I've never really…
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