Historic Preservation at Fort Monroe
June 2017 - August 2017
As a member of the Hands On Preservation Experience, or HOPE Crew, I learned a variety of manual skills such as masonry, carpentry, painting, and more. This project revolves around the repair of Building 50, a structure that was created in the early 19th century. The work that I am doing will ensure that the stories and history of Building 50, along with the surrounding Fort Monroe, will endure the test of time.
NASA in the 'Long' Civil Rights Movement
During my internship at the Smithsonian, I came across a call for papers sponsored by the NASA history office. I submitted a proposal and was accepted to present my paper. The title of my paper was "From Bluford to Bolden: The African American Impact On NASA" and covered the simultaneous histories of the Civil Rights Movement and America's Space program.
Ceramic Preservation, Smithsonian Institution
June 2016 - August 2016
As a Conservation Intern serving at the National Museum of American History, I worked on a variety of projects, ranging from a framed collection of presidential hair, and the ceramic figurine showcased here. The figure's head had to be reattached. I conducted research to determine the type of ceramic used, paint composition, and different types of adhesives. In the end, I used hide glue to reattach the head, and used color matching to make it look like new.
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Inked : The Evolution of Print Culture
During the spring of 2016, I served as a member of the digital development team for the Museum Object class. Our duties involved fundraising, website and social media design, and community outreach. Our hard work paid off! We opened our exhibition to the public and received warm receptions.