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Thursday, June 25, 2015

first week in: The Office

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Hey everyone! My name is Alex Gomez, a fourth year student studying in the architecture program at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. For those of you who don’t know where Pomona is it is located in the LA area (where I was born and raised). So being in D.C. is a major change for a California native, and it has already begun to be an eye-opening experience. I arrived just this past Saturday and…
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Musings from the Library of Congress

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These past couple of weeks settling into work at the National Register and life in D.C. has been eventful to say the least. Work has kept me busy, researching, reading and sifting through various architectural styles and forms – learning more about specific barn styles, bridges, and some architectural styles that I frankly did not even know about. I mean, who knew there were amazing barn structures that were historically significant and actually listed on…
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Greetings from Indiana!

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Hello, I’m Jessica Coronel, originally from Pico Rivera, California. I grew up in a humble household alongside two older brothers and hardworking Mexican immigrant parents, with an interest of exploring the great outdoors. Currently I am a student at the University of California, Merced majoring in Spanish and minoring in Chicano/a Studies. To go along with my academics, I was able to intern for the Alliance to Save Energy’s: PowerSave Campus Program, which focused on…
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Spontaneous Experiences in Nature

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Greeting from Point Reyes National Seashore! My first week of work is officially over and it went by like a breeze. Every day was vastly different and if I were to sit here and write about everything I did, it would take many pages and too many cups of coffee! Therefore, I will write about only the highlights of the week. The first couple of days were a huge welcoming experience. I met many NPS…
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My stay in D.C., drafting the National Historic Landmarks Nomination Report for Chicano Park in San Diego, California has been an eye opening experience into the world of historic preservation and daily-life in the National Park Service (NPS) building. During the last LHIP webinar, much emphasis was placed on identity politics, particularly, Latina/o and Hispanic identity and gender politics. A few days ago, I found myself in awe as I sat in the Main Reading…
Monday, June 22, 2015

My first week at Amistad in Texas!

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Hello everyone, my name is Loreto Lopez and I'm spending my ten weeks at Amistad National Recreation Area in Del Rio Texas! Just to provide you all with some basic facts about myself: I'm 20 years old and from Montebello, CA where I've lived my whole life. I transferred from UC Irvine to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where I'm studying Art History and have a minor in Archaeology, and in the fall I'll…
Monday, June 22, 2015

Lively Livin' in Lowell

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"So...Dani...what is it that you do?", my friend asked me last night when we met up at my favorite downtown cafe for Spring Alive smoothies. "Well. Umm. A little bit of everything, I guess..." I said, as the guys next to us played 80s pop on their Iphones and painted psychedelic mandalas on portable canvases. It started with training when I: 1. rode the trolley to the office 2. armored up with a safety hat…
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Over the bridge and across the sea, to the blue building I go! (Sung to that fond familiar tune played during the winter months) I would like to take this time to boast about my amazing location, the NPS Chesapeake Bay Office, in beautiful downtown historical Annapolis, just past the Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge, overlooking a large body of water. My office sits adjacent to a large window displaying the vast Severn River and a…
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Exploring the Bay Area

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[caption id="attachment_1096" align="alignleft" width="300"] Wing's Chinese Restaurant[/caption] Last week I explored San Jose’s Nihonmachi (Japantown). It is one of only three surviving historic Japantowns in California. The district was developed in the late 1800s by Issei (first generation) Japanese immigrants, and here they found the cultural support, employment, shelter, goods, and the social connections that were necessary for their transition to living in the United States. [caption id="attachment_1093" align="alignright" width="225"] San Jose Japantown[/caption] Walking through…
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

My First Weekend at Point Reyes

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Hello! This was my first weekend at Point Reyes National Seashore and I can honestly say that I am blown away by the park and so excited to start work tomorrow! The first thing I did when I got to Point Reyes was meet my boss John and my supervisor, who is also named John! They were both very friendly and helpful. My apartment is a 35 minute drive from my office. I live at…
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Hello, I am Eliza Burgos and I am from St. Augustine, Florida. I am 19 years old and have lived in St. Augustine my whole life. I am a sophomore at the University of North Florida and am majoring in Math Education. There is so much history in this town that there is to learn and I'm so happy to have the opportunity to expand on my knowledge through my internship at the Castillo de…
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It was such an amazing week but also the week prior to get everything organized and planned. This year marks 2 years that the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Services has partnered with hosting Youth Summit. There were about 80 student participants ranging from 5th- 8th grade. The purpose of youth summit is to engage and involve youth in national parks. Youths lack voices when it comes to protecting and preserving our parks and…
Saturday, June 13, 2015

The shot heard around the world

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Hi everyone! Greetings from the location of “the shot heard around the world.” I am interning at the Minute Man National Park in Concord, Massachusetts. In this location on April 19, 1775 the colonial militia of Concord and the surrounding area armed themselves against the approaching British Regulars. Little did they know how this interaction would help ignite the war which would birth this great nation. As a history major and overall lover of social…
Friday, June 12, 2015

Get to know Naomi

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Hello! My name is Naomi Doddington and I am so happy to work for the Hispanic Access Foundation (H.A.F.) in its partnership with the National Parks Service's (N.P.S.) Latino Heritage Internship Program (L.H.I.P.). I am working in the acronym-happy Heritage Documentation Programs division which houses three programs, the Historic American Buildings Survey (H.A.B.S.), the Historic American Engineering Record (H.A.E.R), and the Historic American Landscape Survey (H.A.L.S.). I will be working primarily on a H.A.B.S. project…
Friday, June 12, 2015

Greetings from the Sunshine State

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Hola! My name is Sophie Lange and I am 21 years old. I graduated from Boston Univerisity this past January with a B.A. in Archaeology and am so thrilled to be working at the Southeast Archaeological Center (SEAC) this summer! I grew up in Maryland and have spent the past four years living in Boston, with semesters abroad in Spain and London. I completed my archaeological field school in Menorca, Spain where I first developed…
Friday, June 12, 2015

Lewis and Clark at a Glance

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My ten weeks at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park will be jam packed with a lot of fun and adventures. These first two weeks I will be training to lead interpretation programs, reenact rifle shots, and lead kayak tours along the Columbia river! The staff is great. Currently there are 20 staff members in the whole park, but by the end of the month that number will more than double. The park offers…
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