Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites: Fair Winds & Following Seas

Dear reader,

My name is Ash Martinez and I am a bilingual interpretative intern at both Salem Maritime (SAMA) and Saugus Iron Work (SAIR) National Historic Sites. I will be living in Salem, Massachusetts this summer. Although I am from Michigan, I moved here from Vermont where I was an intern for another park in the NPS. As a result, I am pretty familiar with the NPS. I arrived about 12 days ago and started working 10 days ago. I am lucky to be paired with a Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship Program (HBCUI) intern who I quickly befriended.




My first week consisted of orienting myself with SAMA and meeting my supervisor and the permanent staff. Everyone has been so welcoming, and I could tell right away that this team was going to be so great to work with. As shown to the left, this is Ranger Fernando, who will pet any dog who crosses his path.




I was given a day to go explore the area with a neat little letter stating that as an NPS employee, I could enter all the museums for free (so I could get to know the local history *wink, wink*).

The start of week two the seasonal rangers started, which meant training started as well! We had various tours of both sites, which included the historic homes, got to see behind the scenes into collection storage, and even had a presentation from researchers from various universities that are working together to highlight the history of Scottish prisoners of war, some of which would became indentured servants at SAIR. We got two very cool and historic tours of both the Daniels House, which was built in 1667, and the meeting place of the Salem Marine Society on the roof of  the Hawthorne Hotel, which some say is haunted and spooky!


Photo from excavation, where they found prisoners from Dunbar. 

Iron collection pieces from SAIR.

The Salem Marine Society Meeting Place.

The HBCUI intern and I have been placed in the visitor center on Saturdays to help folks visiting the city of Salem orient themselves. We shadowed a longtime volunteer, who is one of the funniest retirees I have met. Once we got the hang of it, we gave it a try on our own and I even got the chance to bust out some Spanish to some visitors who came here from Argentina.

Reader, continue to come back and I will keep you updated on all things SAMA and SAIR. Both parks open June 3rd for full operations, so I’ll have a lot more details to come!

‘Till then,

Ash Martinez

  • Buddy
    Posted at 09:51h, 02 July

    Always great to see you smiling face on Saturdays. You brighten up the visitor center.

  • Fernando
    Posted at 12:28h, 28 July

    I’m gonna miss you!

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