My internship has finally ended. After four months, I’ve finally finished working at the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation. It has been a wild ride with mountains of work and the chaos of summer classes. I spent the last few days of my internship working on the Endangered sites list and did nothing for the Greenbooks sites. I can safely say the most important thing I learned from this internship is any historical preservation foundation has a lot of work that needs to be done and few hands to do it. The second most important thing I learned from this internship is the colloquial language of the historical preservation field.
I didn’t add many sites to the list. Instead, I went back to the old listings and filled in the blanks I still had. The status of each site is the most common update I did to most listings. The sites were either listed as saved, lost, or endangered. The Greenbooks project would have had me go the Roanoke City Main Library and look at their records to figure out the locations of old Greenbook sites. I was also supposed to contact the Salem Museum for assistance. From the list RVPF gave me, there was tourist homes, restaurants, and attractions for traveling African Americans of the time. I was never able to make it the library due to other projects for the internship, summer vacation, summer classes, and family. With school in session, I need to start focusing on my last semester and say goodbye to the RVPF. I’m thankful for the opportunity they gave me and I hope I’ll run into them in the future.