In the last few days I have continued to learn new skills from my internship experience with the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation, as I recently have embarked on the search for grants that the Foundation could use for a preservation project. This specific project will provide markers and signage for two unmarked cemeteries within Virginia. These two cemeteries are the McClanahan and Persinger cemeteries, both however are in need of these markers as the care for these locations has been lost. In my search for these grants I have found that there are a plethora of different grants available for non-profit organizations such as the Foundation, but I have also found that these grants can be very specific as to what the funds can be used for.
Lastly I hope that I will be able to help the foundation with the creation of a website that would educate fellow preservation historians about these forgotten areas. Although graduation is only mere days away I can say that I hope I can continue to help the foundation in their progress, but also I would like to say how thankful I am for the skills that this experience has given me. Such skills as researching, writing, and networking are all skills that I believe will ever so help me in my future career.