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A Diversity Intern in 2002 with his supervisor and project team from Teaching with Historic Places, NPS. Courtesy Toni Lee.

Internship projects are selected competitively based on the quality of the proposed work and the commitment of the intern supervisor to mentoring a student who is working in this field for the first time. As a result of this program, interns gain a better understanding of the work of historians, historical architects, archeologists, curators, and others in the cultural resources/historic preservation field. They return to their academic studies with a new focus on career possibilities. The National Park Service and partnership organizations have the opportunity to meet promising young people who might choose to work in the field. Learn more about becoming a host intern sponsor.


Interns visited the Mary Mcleod Bethune Council House in Washington, DC, in August 2004.
Diversity Interns visited the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House in August 2004 during the annual Career Workshop held in Washington, DC. Courtesy Michele Gates Moresi.

Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Students interested in applying should review the frequently asked questions for students and then contact Justin Chow at the Student Conservation Association, 703.524.2661.



Asian Reflections on the American Landscape: Identifying and Interpreting Asian Heritage

Asian Heritage CoverAsian Reflections on the American Landscape: Identifying and Interrpreting Asian Heritage examines the multiple Asian cultures in the United States and their influece upom the nation's built environment. Asian Reflections provides a summary history and addresses examples of historic places that have been documented and interpreted for their association with Asian heritage. The publication was prepared for preservationists, researchers, educators, and member of the general public who are involved in the identification and preservation of historic places in their communities. The publication is available in PDF format. For a hard copy, email: or phone: 202/354-2174.

Heritage Matters Newsletter

Heritage Matters June 2004Heritage Matters is a newsletter that covers the "news of the nation's diverse cultural heritage." It contains short news items on diverse communities and diverse cultural heritage. Issued twice a year, the newsletter is distributed free of charge to over a thousand diverse organizations, minority colleges and universities, preservation organizations at all levels of government, and interested persons. The newsletter offers an opportunity for students to contribute articles on their work and academic studies and for organizations to publicize their work. Articles for the newsletter may be submitted to Toni Lee .

NOTICE: Heritage Matters Call for Articles


Presenting Race & Slavery at Historic Sites

View of slave quarters at Arlington House.
Slave quarters at Arlington House in Virginia. Courtesy Daphne C. Dador.

The first survey of the "Presenting Race and Slavery at Historic Sites" research project has been completed at Arlington House/Robert E. Lee National Memorial and a report of the results is available in PDF format.

"Presenting Race and Slavery at Historic Sites" is a cooperative research project between the National Park Service and the Center for the Study of Public Culture and Public History of The George Washington University. The research project analyzes the presentation of the issues of race and slavery at major National Park Service historic sites:surveys and reports have been completed at Arlington House/Robert E. Lee National Memorial, and Manassas National Battlefield Park. Researchers conduct surveys of visitors and frontline staff to discuss their perceptions on how race and slavery are presented at these sites. A final report by an appointed graduate student summarizes the methodology of the study, highlights the results of the surveys, and presents relevant historical scholarship pertinent to interpretation at each site. The project research team develops recommendations in consultation with site administrators. These reports are shared with interested NPS staff and others. Preliminary research will began in 2003 and continues through 2006.

For additional information, contact Paloma Bolasny.

Cultural Heritage Needs Assessment Project: Phase I

The "Cultural Heritage Needs Assessment Project" seeks to expand consultation with diverse cultural communities, e.g., African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latino/Chicano groups, and others in order to gain a better understanding of what aspects of cultural heritage are important to minority cultures and what the federal government's cultural programs could do to better address these aspects of heritage. Phase One, to be carried out during 2002-2003, devotes particular attention to three non-majoritarian groups: African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Filipino Americans. The methodology, which is similar to that employed in the National Park Service's 1990 report, Keepers of the Treasures: Protecting Historic Properties and Cultural Traditions on Indian Lands, emphasizes consultation with community members as well as professionals in the heritage fields, through interviews, meetings, and site visits. The study will concentrate on three regions of the country, one of which will be the New York City area. The draft report is available in PDF format.


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