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Thursday, 06 June 2019 23:12

New adventures with the Hopewell Team!

My first official week here at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is coming to an end, and I can't tell you how excited I am for these next couple weeks ahead. After this extensive and productive week of introductions, a walk-through, and training, I have been able to see how special Hopewell and the team is.

I don't want to spoil too much of what I will be doing here in Hopewell, but one of the many projects I'm going to be involved in is getting to work closely with a young group of Latinx kids!

Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos ( CCLU ) is a bilingual, bridge-building organization, committed to enriching the lives of Latinos and others by embracing diversity through cultural, educational and recreational programs in the greater Pottstown area. The kids will be coming down to Hopewell and getting to spend some of their day here, along with their parents. I will be taking them on a walk, giving a small tour of the park,  all while doing  hands on activities with the children.

Getting to work with the Latinx community is obviously very important to me, so naturally I am happy to be able to share my love for the NPS with these kids and show them what it's like to be a part of a great team. Besides that, I will be helping the park with a few social media projects, updating signs and creating Interpretive Programs!

Stay tuned for my future posts about those projects! (:

¡Hasta la próxima!

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Saturday, 01 June 2019 00:25

See you soon Hopewell!

Hi Everyone, my name is Jhulian Gutierrez! This summer, I will be participating in the 2019 Latino Heritage Program as a Visitor Services Intern at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. I was born in Miami, FL and was raised in both Florida and Texas. although I spent most of my childhood in the small town of Katy, TX. I am a Freshman at Lonestar college, where I am pursuing my AA to then transfer to a 4 year University to earn a degree in Marine Zoology. Growing up, I was always drawn to nature, animals, history and all things science! My parents always told me I was a hyperactive child with such eagerness to learn. Now, in my early adulthood, I can say I have chilled out a bit, yet I still possess the same keenness to learn.

This summer it will be full of many firsts for me! This will be my first road trip on my own, my first time being in Pennsylvania, and my first internship ever! As I count down the days to the beginning of my program, you can imagine the excitement and nervousness that I am feeling. I am beyond honored to have the opportunity to work at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. I will not only get to learn, but teach visitors about the park and its many amazing recreational opportunities, park facilities, and  interpretive services. I will get to research for the park and learn about the large diverse group of people who used to work there and the many jobs they had, to run an iron plantation.

As I approach the day where I will begin this new adventure, reality is starting to hit. I am realizing how truly blessed I am to have this opportunity to work with the amazing program LHIP and the NPS. I would like to say thank you to everyone who has helped me get here! In addition, I would like to wish my fellow interns good luck to all the other interns and hope everyone has a great summer!

Stay tuned for the upcoming blogs I will be posting this summer detailing the many exciting experiences I will have with the Hopewell Team.

Until next time!

Published in EFTA intern blog
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 14:13

Jhulian Gutierrez

I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, but currently reside in Hempstead, Texas. Ever since I was a young boy, I have been fascinated with zoology and wildlife conservation. Growing up, my aunt, who is also my mentor, would tell me stories of her career in environmental science and working as a park ranger. These stories left me in awe, as my love for wildlife conservation grows stronger every minute. I dream to one day have a career which I love and that will challenge me every day. As a first generation college student, this has become a passion. After I graduated high school, I moved northwest of Houston, Texas and began taking courses at Lone Star College, where I am pursuing an associates degree. I then want to transfer to a university to obtain my Bachelors in marine zoology. I am very grateful and look forward to the opportunity to work at Hopewell Furnace national Historic Site in Elverson, Pennsylvania. I plan to take all of the experience and to utilize the skills I acquire towards my future career.

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