Hello all ! While Kristi (@kristi0lmsted) and Ericka (@eduym) were off in Acadia this week, Shanaisha (@shanasia) and I have been working hard on our individual projects at the office (a quiet office I must say, we miss you both, and Margie of course!). I have been continuing to work with Tim Layton this week to wrap up my ‘to-do’ list for the Governors Island project. To sum everything up, I have worked on labeling each treatment task on the ‘site wide’ map and the ‘monument core’ map, as well as updating tables (treatment tasks / FMSS) and sorting through the current draft of the Cultural Landscape Report to make sure all the information is cohesive from one form of document to another (maps, tables, images, summaries, and so on). In addition, I went back and touched up some of the photo-simulations by adding some representative site fixtures that Eliot Foulds had record of (he finally came back from Acadia to give me access to these goods) and lastly, I created a bibliography to finish up my duties.
I loved working on this project because it enabled me to take advantage of my skills (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AutoCad, Organization…) and it also counted towards many hours for my licensing this week and last week (woo-whooo!), specifically in site mapping, design development, and material selection and specification (FMSS). Thanks Tim for giving me some much needed knowledge, tips, and attention to detail while working on Governors! I hope to have lifted some weight off your shoulders for this intense project.
After one of my days of work, I attended my weekly webinar with the Hispanic Access Foundation, which was an exciting one because this week is Latino Conservation Week (July 11-19)!! Latino Conservation Week aims to bring awareness, promote engagement, and educate others by conducting activities that will protect our natural resources such as our land, water, and air. It was great to hear from Jose Gonzalez (our webinar leader) as well as the other HAF interns about what projects are on-going for the Latino Conservation Week.
Here’s the link for more information if you are interested in LCW: http://www.latinoconservationweek.com/
Follow the HAF blog http://www.latinoheritageintern.com and learn about personal interest and engagement of Latino Conservation Week from the other HAF interns (awesome blogs posts will be rolling in next week).
In addition to the webinar, I also watched a few HAF video teasers that will be available for full view later on this week. The three that I have watched featured Jonathan Jarvas, an NPS director who discussed careers and NPS relations with the Latino community. Some of the questions that were of topic included:
1. What jobs do you think NPS plays in telling the story of America and do you think its living up to that job for people of color?
2. What are some ways that the National Register can incorporate younger more diverse audiences?
3. What were some ways you were able to help parks in the region be more welcoming and accessible to diverse visitors?
It was great to hear from Jarvas and these teasers eventually attracted me to watch many more videos on the HAF YouTube channel. If you would like to hear about Jarvas’s thoughts surrounding these topics and or are interested in watching some fun and educational HAF videos, you can find them at the link below https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClQuqIoXRysCYpW-vG-ItYQ .
These snippets have made me supper excited about the videos we are in the process of making ourselves here at OCLP and I am hoping that once the summer is over, we will have the opportunity to possibly share and have our video featured on the HAF YouTube page as well.
To wrap up the week, Shanaisa (@shanasia) and I attended our weekly Brown Bag Lunch meeting hosted by Laurel Racine who specializes in Museum Services at the NPS. She is stationed at the Charles Town Navy Yard, which is ran very similarly to the Olmsted Center. Their office works primarily on cataloging archives, preservation projects, and record management, while she specifically focuses on research in special projects and planning. Laurel spoke about many issues that her field address, one being climate change. An example that she presented to us concerning this issue is Ellis Island: Statue of Liberty who was affected by hurricane Sandy. Due to the heat and humidity of this hurricane, many paper documents at Ellis were damaged and affected by mold. The solution here was to move and relocate the collection to Washington, DC where they are now properly stored and protected. The discussion now becomes “what do we do now?”, do we bring the collection back to where it ‘belongs’ (like the park would want) or do we keep it in a safer place that will be less exposed to climate change now and in the near future? These are the types of questions she is faced with at her position with the NPS and they are great things to think about from the outside looking in.
Laurel also brought up the discussion of attracting youth to museums in parks today. Shanaisha and I spoke about our personal experiences at parks so far this summer and what suggestions we would make to museums and display spaces. Some suggestions included interactive modes of teaching (social media, videos, activities, visual tours…). These ideas then led Laurel to share stories about the initiatives that are taking place at Matin van Buren Historic Site (MAVA), where the work from the ‘Witness Tree Project’ (which I mentioned in a previous blog post) are being added to existing exhibits on site, which gives the visitors a new thing to look at and learn about in addition to the display, which frequent visitors may get bored of after a while because the display never changes. This results in a new spark of interest for the visitors, what an awesome idea. I look forward to seeing some recent images of this initiative and learning more about this site, which is conveniently the next project I will be working on this summer. Thanks for meeting us Laurel and shedding some light about the great work that you do!
As this quiet Friday comes to an end, all I can think about is hearing about the stories from Acadia on Monday when everyone returns. I am also curious to see if Margie has collected any more good video footage. Welcome back guys and have a relaxing weekend, you deserve it after all the hiking you did in Acadia.
Until Next Week Everyone…