My time as an intern in Louisiana has been extremely enjoyable and edifying. I learned tremendous amounts about preservation and the Parks Service by working with the experts at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. We were able to visit plantations, historic Creole sites, and Mississippi estates during my time here. Visiting local graveyards, significant tombs, and cultural … Read more
For Founder’s Day (August 25th), several interns and employees of NCPTT got to tour Natchez, Mississippi. The drive from Natchitoches took around two and a half hours, but one is seldom bored by the lush and wet Louisiana roadside scenery.
We visited Melrose, a magnificent hilltop estate that is now part of the Natchez National Historical Park. In the mid-nineteenth … Read more
Yesterday I got a chance to go on a site visit with my boss—the Chief of Architecture and Engineering at NCPTT. He was recently contacted by the Cane River Heritage Area, an NPS unit in Northwestern Louisiana, for assistance in assessing this decommissioned bridge, which sits across the road from the historic Oakland Plantation. On the opposite side of the … Read more
The Preservation in Your Community event hosted by NCPTT was a great success! We had over forty attendees listening to presenters talk about archeological site surveillance, landscape preservation education, and local heritage preservation efforts.
The team and I worked tirelessly the few days leading up to the event to ensure the case studies website would be ready for its great … Read more
Interning at the National Park Service impelled me to learn more about the great naturalists of history. To that effect, I picked up a copy of John Muir’s A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf and was so engrossed by it that I read it in one sitting (plus some reclining and stretching).
In the book, Muir details an exciting journey … Read more
In preparation for the NCPTT-sponsored annual Preservation in Your Community event, three other interns and I were interviewed by a radio personality on the local NPR affiliate. The event will be next week and a story is to run on the public radio station—Red River Radio—along with occasional ads featuring snippets of our interviews.
At least four interns will be … Read more
Over the last week, I have continued the quest to find cool preservation cases. I’ve also gotten to know more about some of the other six interns at the NCPTT this summer.
Christina—whose internship project involves surveillance technology at archeological sites—gave an excellent and thought-provoking lunchtime lecture on her master’s dissertation: the Hets Mountain Cave Mummies of Mongolia. The bodies … Read more
After visiting and researching some natural areas in the state the Louisiana, I have been pleased to find that these areas are important stopping grounds for migratory songbirds. A few of the dozens of species which can be seen in the southern areas of the state are: Grasshopper Sparrows, Magnolia Warblers, Ovenbirds, Northern Waterthrush, and Northern Parula.
Birds traversing the … Read more
As my fourth week at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training wraps up, I am continuing to compile historic preservation projects which incorporate sustainability or resilience goals and contacting the people who designed or rehabilitated the edifices. We—the Chief of Architecture and Engineering, the head of IT, and I—have also had several meetings around the whiteboard to determine … Read more
I am continuing to learn much through my internship at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. With guidance and collaboration, I am compiling case studies on innovative preservation projects which involve communities, increase sustainability, improve structural resilience, or otherwise bring new life to historic buildings. Through the research I have communicated with many property owners and architects, learning … Read more