Lena Guidi

Hello everyone! My name is Lena Guidi and I am a 19-year-old student at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, which is also the main location of my internship. I’m currently majoring in American Studies with minors in Journalism and History. I’m interested in studying the interactions between place and culture in America, and am excited that this internship is giving me an opportunity to do just that. For the next 10 weeks, I will be working with the National Park Service’s National Historic Trails program to study Latino heritage along Route 66, also known as the Mother Road or America’s Main Street. I became interested in Route 66 after taking a class in which we drove parts of the road from Arizona through Texas and learned about its geography, history, and culture. Thanks to my professors’ suggestions, I applied for this internship to take my knowledge a step further and study how the Mother Road affected the numerous Latino communities along its path.

Above is a picture of me with Frank Norris and Angelica Sanchez-Clark, two NPS employees who, along with Kaisa Barthuli of the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, will primarily guide my research. This will involve archival research at libraries in Route 66 communities in New Mexico, as well as interacting with the communities themselves. Stay tuned for more!
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