In the past month I have continued to work and finish my projects with the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation. I have now compiled the information on the existing Rosenwald schools that I referred to in my last post into a major powerpoint that for the majority has a picture and the info on the style of school. This powerpoint will be used by the foundation to show fellow preservation historians the important sites that are around Southwest Virginia, that either existed at one point or are still standing.
I also have finished the newsletter that will be sent out by the foundation on the work of Julius Rosenwald and the schools that he helped create. This newsletter gives the important background that made the famous philanthropist who he was, as well as information on how he created the network of schools that were so influential in the thousands of poverty stricken African-American children in the American South.
Both of these projects helped me continue to develop my skills in my college career, as I had to compile the information into a document that gave merit to the famous philanthropist, but also give information as to why preservation historians should place great importance into the preservation of these historic landmarks.