The End Is Just the Beginning
Written by: Juliann Ramos
Today it arrives, my last day of in-office work for my CRDIP Curatorial Assistant internship. While it is disheartening to know that next week I return home, this position was never meant to be a permanent one – instead, it helped set the foundation for a blossoming new career!
Under David’s wing, I have gained practical experience in both curatorial and archival work alongside further theoretical and scholarly knowledge through publications from both the NPS and the SAA. As I explained in a previous blog, my main project this summer was to restore order to the Preservation Specialist’s files (1980-2014) through appraisal, arrangement, and rehousing. What started out as a small eight box project has now grown to include over 20 boxes of organized material dating back to some of the Preservation Specialist’s first projects!
Despite what you may think, my time in Massachusetts hasn’t just been all work! By attending events like the free concerts on the Commandant’s House lawn, barbeques, and the turn-around of the USS Constitution– I have been able to see Boston as a city that is continuously breathing new life into its people and culture. Not only that, but alongside my friends at the Barracks I have been able to explore places that I would have never gotten the opportunity to go before, such as to Harvard and Martha’s Vineyard!
Reflecting on my initial experiences when I arrived here in Boston, I can conclusively say that I will never forget some of the amazing people I worked (and lived) alongside. Already, I have plans to meet up with some of my Barracks buddies in the future! I would just like to thank David for all his wisdom and kindness over these past couple of months, and for believing in my skills as a burgeoning curator and archivist; I will forever be in his debt. With that said, I hope everyone has a great rest of their summer and maybe one day I’ll be writing blogs here again!