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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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Hey Friends! It seems that my since my time here is getting shorter, I'm busier than ever trying to get everything done and accomplished. This week was pretty exciting for many reasons. The first because I was able to do a ride along with medic 1, second I was able to sit in at Teton Dispatch here at Grand Teton National Park, and the third because I got the opportunity to sit down and talk…
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Goal: to fully seize these last weeks

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I can’t believe I only have three more weeks until my internship is over! I am really trying to take advantage of these last few weeks as much as I can. It has been such a great experience so far and only gets better every week. I have been working a lot at the front desk of the main visitor center, which has allowed me to really delve into another aspect of working at the…
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[caption id="attachment_3256" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Me, standing amongst vineyards in Delano, CA[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3246" align="aligncenter" width="550"] César Chavez's tomb and a fountain commemorating the 5 martyrs of the farm workers movement.[/caption] As promised, here are some pictures from my trip to the César E. Chavez National Monument and Delano, CA. Enjoy! [caption id="attachment_3257" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Forty Acres, Delano, CA[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_3233" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The Tomasa Zapata-Mireles Memorial Gas Station. Many rallies and meeting were…
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[caption id="attachment_3019" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Entrance to the National Chavez Center[/caption] Where to begin? I did so much this past week that I really should have documented it all earlier. But I suppose I cannot possible write everything in this post seeing as it would get entirely too long and I might lose all of you. So I'm going to make this experience a two-part post--the first with a couple pictures as glimpses and an overview…
Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Nature Adventure Camp

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[caption id="attachment_2987" align="alignleft" width="439"] 18 wonderful campers[/caption] Last week was filled with joy, frustration, and lots and lots of food. For the past 6 years the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park has been hosting week long summer camps. This year I, along with 5 other park employees, acted as camp counselors for 18 4th-6th graders. On Monday we discovered the site. We explored the fort, saw a gun demonstration, played a couple team building…
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Greetings! Jose Gonzalez here :) These photos are from my visit to Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center at Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park, CA. "Satwiwa, which means 'the bluffs,' was the name of a nearby Chumash village. To reflect this heritage, Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center and Natural Area was established by the National Park Service in partnership with the Friends of Satwiwa" (NPS, 2015). [caption id="attachment_2342" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Austin Ringelstein giving…
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[caption id="attachment_2475" align="alignleft" width="300"] PPIE Site Map[/caption] Do you know about the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition that took place in San Francisco in 1915? In case you don’t, it was the World’s Fair meant to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal and showcase how quickly San Francisco recovered after the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire through a display of arts, architecture, and an entire city playground of attractions. [caption id="attachment_2476" align="alignright" width="300"] LED Lapel Pin[/caption]…
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…
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