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Friday, September 11, 2015

Goodbye SAMO!

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Sorry for this exceptionally long hiatus, I was out of town for about a week and a half and I didn't take my computer with me, hence this late post. Anyway, let me tell you about my last week working at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area! I spent the entire week in the office adding as much data as I could into the never-ending archaeological survey spreadsheet. That file became my child; I…
Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Citizens at the LEWI

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I couldn't ask for a better last week for my internship. I finished my summer interpretive kayaking with 3 wonderful families. They enjoyed kayaking for their first time and learning about Lewis and Clark and the importance of the river. For the first time ever the park hosted a ceremony to welcome 19 new citizens to the United States. These new citizens ranged from all over the world including China, Russia, Mexico, France, and Ethiopia.…
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Invasive Plant Removal

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The entire Santa Monica Mountains NPS team was invited to participate in the removal of Russian Thistle a.k.a. Tumbleweed from the King Gillette Ranch Visitor Center in Calabasas. Here are some basic facts about the Salsola australis plant according to the Invasive Weed Field Guide of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. [caption id="attachment_3909" align="alignright" width="300"] SAMO NPS staff removing Russian Thistle (Tumbleweeds).[/caption] What does it look like? Annual to short-lived perennial herb, many-branched,…
Thursday, August 27, 2015

Thanks For the Memories!

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It has been a great experience working for the National Park Service this summer. I spent my last few weeks with the Park History Program, finishing transcribing an oral history interview with the Richmond Chapter of the Urban Archaeology Corps at the Maggie L. Walker NPS. The interview was as great as I remembered it to be and it was great to see the students get exciting about collecting and recording more oral histories from…
Thursday, August 27, 2015

More Latino Heritage Initiative Research

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Hi Friends! This week I have another Latino Heritage Initiative research example to share with you. It’s the Bernal Family Home in Fullerton, California. The Bernal Family Home is significant for its key role in the Orange County Superior Court case Doss v. Bernal (1943) that set legal precedence as the first successful claim that restrictive housing covenants violated the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. Alex Bernal was the California-born son of Mexican immigrants, and his…
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Final Weeks at the Castillo

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My last two weeks at the Castillo de San Marcos were really eventful. We finished out our final week of Hands on History camp and I worked at the Junior Ranger station. I was joined in my last two weeks by the National Park Foundation interns as well. Camp went as it had the last three weeks and it was a great way to finish up the summer. The other interns found ways to add…
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Hello from San Francisco! My preliminary research on properties associated with NPS heritage initiatives has been ongoing throughout my internship. While I have found good leads, I have also identified significant stories and aspects of U.S. history that sadly might no longer have an extant site with sufficient integrity for formal designation. This week I came across an excellent example to share with you all. The example I’m sharing is that of “Labor Camp site/s…
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Hi Everyone! At the NPS Pacific West Regional Office we have wrapped up the Discover SF! Youth Heritage Program. The students loved learning about their home city and I enjoyed learning about San Francisco alongside them. I truly had a blast visiting and learning so much about this city by the bay! Upon wrapping up the youth program, my supervisor, Elaine Jackson-Retondo introduced me to the New Presidio Parklands Project, a project currently underway at…
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As my internship is now winding down, I am looking forward to going back home and spending the rest of my summer with close friends and family. I am grateful for having the opportunity to spend the summer in Washington D.C. I loved working for the Park History department; they are a group of amazing Historians and some of the best people to work for. I won't forget the friendships I've established during my time…
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As my internship comes to a close today I thought it would be nice to display the final sheet set for the Carnegie Mansion Pergola project that I worked on with Naomi. The both of us work extensively on this project for the past couple weeks, as you may know Naomi end her internship a couple of weeks ago. From there I took the responsibility to put the finishing touches on the drawing set, such…
Monday, August 24, 2015

From DC to TX!

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My 10 week internship has finally come to an end. It started off slow but now its as if I just got to D.C.! Its a bittersweet feeling to have ended this internship but I am so excited to get back to my home in San Antonio, TX! The last 2 weeks have been busy tying up ends on my Harriet Tubman Jr Ranger project. Since I wasn't able to fully complete the project using…
Monday, August 24, 2015

Reflections

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It has been a little bit more than a week since I left my site, and I am taking this opportunity to reflect on my experience with you. Maybe some of these things will resonate with some of you. My favorite time spent at my site was when I was stationed at the North Bridge! I enjoyed making small conversation with visitors, and retelling the history of our nation in a more relaxed manner. It…
Monday, August 24, 2015

Post-Internship Trip to Colorado

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During my eighth week of my internship, Environment for the Americas flew me out to Colorado along with the other EFTA interns for a post internship workshop. We stayed at Cal-Wood Education Center near Boulder, Colorado. Cal-Wood is a beautiful, log cabin facility which hosts educational programs and includes cabins for participants to sleep in. [caption id="attachment_3681" align="alignleft" width="300"] Our home for a couple of days.[/caption] Our first day in Colorado was filled with sightseeing…
Friday, August 21, 2015

Donuts and Tumbleweeds

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Howdy y'all! So this week I've mostly stayed in the office working on those spreadsheets I mentioned earlier that contain all of the archaeological reports the park has conducted, going as far back as 1947! We're almost done inputting all the necessary information into it so that we can refer to it in the future when looking for specific sites, or when we record new sites so that we could simply add the new reports…
Thursday, August 20, 2015

First Time in Colorado

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This past week has been a roller coaster ride! Tuesday morning I left for Denver, Colorado at 6am. Despite my red eye flight and lack of sleep, I felt wide-awake and excited to meet all of the L-HIPsters! My favorite part of the trip was, of course, meeting Susan, Dalia, and the interns. We all became friends instantly and were eager to share our experiences with each other. The L-HIPsters are positive and intelligent young…
Thursday, August 20, 2015

LHIP Workshop

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The 3 day LHIP conference in Colorado was amazing. By far the best part was seeing all the interns for the first time after reading about them for the past 2 months. I liked how we were all squished together, with our luggage, in the van. It literally brought us closer. Meeting Carlos, a successful Latino who focuses on advancing Latino youth, was a real honor. I learned how to work with millennials and the…
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