07 Jun California to Florida – South Florida Collections Management
Everglades National Park crocodile
A few weeks ago, I embarked on a road trip from Southern California to Florida. Growing up during the winter breaks my dad would drive the family from California to Mexico. Familiar with road trips I set forward on this trip. Thankfully I wasn’t alone, my partner, Tony joined me. I am currently a graduate student at Cal State University, Fullerton focusing on public history. Leaving one week before finals was not easy. While on the road I finished writing one final paper. Pulling over at a McDonald’s on the outskirts of Florida to charge my computer and submit my final paper. While on the road I was pulled over twice because of my California license plate. :0 Regardless of these inconveniences I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to travel the south. The road trip was planned in a way that we had some days to explore certain major cities. This summer I will be working at the South Florida Collections Management Center (SFCMC) in Everglades National Park. Since this is my first week I was introduced to the Everglades National Park team. I am excited to learn from them and develop a comprehensive understanding on cultural, historical, and nature resource management. This week my task was to check-in large scale documents that were loan to Technical Information Center (TIC).
I have enjoyed this task because it has allowed me to explore maps and drawings from Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and Everglades National Park. I have learned a lot of the parks through these documents. I look forward to growing as a historian through this internship and assisting Jim William, a museum curator with developing the context for SFCMC website. 
Technical Information Center (TIC) “is the central servicewide information management system for all NPS-generated planning, design, and construction drawings and related technical documents.”