As a new week rolls in, our team was reunited with the others who returned from Acadia. We took some time to catch up on what we are all working on (Governors, Appomattox, Acadia, and Frederiksberg) and then immediately transitioned into our new or current project work. Because I wrapped up Governors last week, I have some extra time to assist Ericka ( @eduym ) with her Boston Harbor Islands Project. She tasked me with helping her do some research to be able to format and add onto the current chronology for several Islands, such as Peddock’s, Deer, Nut, Gallops, Rainsford, Georges, Spectacle and Lovells. I definitely learned some new historical facts about these Islands from this exercise.
I also attended HAF’s weekly webinar, where the discussion this week was on ‘Putting Your Story Into Practice’. We primarily spoke about oral histories and a project that some HAF inters will tackle to capture stories related to their site this summer. Jose Gonzalez gave us some much needed tips on what types of questions to ask, how to keep a conversation going, and how to tell that story appropriately. I immediately thought about Jordan and Jasmine (history interns on the 9th floor) who would have loved to attend this webinar, I will be sure to share some resources with them! Thanks Jose.
In addition, this week’s Brown Bag Lunch was hosted by Eric Breitkreutz who works at Historic Architecture, Conservation, and Engineering Center in Lowell. Of course I, as an aspiring architect was excited about this one! The center breaks down into 4 branches:
- Historic Structure Research and Documentation
- Design and Preservation Planning
- Construction Conservation and Training
- Museum Services (Collection Conservation)
Eric focuses on the first branch where the goal is to strive towards proper stewardship on historic structures. He, like the OCLP works on several projects throughout the region and creates Historic Structure Reports and other documents that could easily be compared to our cultural landscape reports and inventories, just with a different focus. Eric has sparked a new interest in architecture for me, as I never really took historic preservation in consideration. I was absolutely drawn in by the section and elevation drawings in the books he presented to us. Hopefully one day our team can go visit his office and see how each branch works! Thanks Eric for coming in and speaking about what you do and how you got to where you are now.
Our team also got the opportunity to attend the Branching Out teams ‘Talk Back’, which is a session where the group presents their landscape restoration work on site. Specifically, they were working on the Fredrick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, located in Brookline, Ma, where they implemented proper shrub and small tree plantings throughout the landscape. After recently inventorying the vegetation on this site for project 1 a few weeks ago with Chris and @shanasia, I am amazed to see how quickly work can be done to enhance the space and add to its diverse list of plants.
To wrap up the week, Eliot Foulds introduced me to a quick new project San Cristobal National Historic Site (SAJU) in San Juan, Puerto Rico (my homeland!!). He asked me to assist him with an AutoCad drawing of the site that he will turn into a 3D render in SketchUp. Currently, the rendering that he has developed with the original file does not look very pleasing to the eye or realistic to the site, therefore my task was to go in and edit several sections of the drawing to help the program read the rendering more accurately. I must say, I was definitely sucked into this project, drawing on AutoCad gets a bit addicting, I could spend weeks tweaking the drawing. I can’t wait to see the end result when we run it into the software, I will keep you guys updated on my next post.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Until next week…