Juliann Ramos: The End is Just the Beginning for One Curatorial Assistant Intern

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On August 22, 2022
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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!

 

Pictured is one of the Preservation Specialist’s boxes that has yet to be rehoused. The papers within are in a state of disarray.

Pictured is one of the Preservation Specialist’s boxes that has yet to be rehoused. The papers within are in a state of disarray.

 

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!

 

A scenic photo of Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard. In it, the sunset highlights the calm waves and packed harbor. In the foreground, a boat titled “Little Feat” is shown tied to the dock.

A scenic photo of Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard. In it, the sunset highlights the calm waves and packed harbor. In the foreground, a boat titled “Little Feat” is shown tied to the dock.

 

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!

 

Pictured is Building 107, the Public Works Shop of the Charlestown Navy Yard

Pictured is Building 107, the Public Works Shop of the Charlestown Navy Yard (now curatorial and maintenance space). On the building, there are two clear black and white signs that show its designation, reading “Public Works Shop” and “107.” Underneath them rests a recreation of one of the historic signs relating to the safety of Navy Yard workers; in it, a cartoon worker is seen gripping their foot in pain as they had an accident while not wearing the proper safety boots while the words “Avoid Accidents: Wear ALL Your Safety Equipment” are painted beside him.

 

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!

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