Over the summer, my main project has been to research and interpret the Freedmen’s Colony of Roanoke Island. This settlement, which lasted officially from 1863 to 1867, has been the park’s main focus in recent years. My specific task this summer is to research more...

In life, some lessons are constant and recurring. One of these lessons is that most things in life are easier said than done, and as an old Hispanic proverb says: del dicho al hecho, hay mucho trecho. Never having worked or volunteered at a National Park,...

After many months of preparation, uncertainty, and filling out various forms and documents, I have finally arrived at the park I will be working at during the summer: Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Fort Raleigh has three main stories that took place mostly on park...

My main project this summer will be assisting the incredibly knowledgeable team at Fort Raleigh as they develop a new interpretive trail. The Freedmen's Colony from 1862-1867 is an important piece of American history that highlights the stories of African Americans as they escaped slavery, making their way to...

Hello everyone! Welcome to my first blog post-- my name is Pia Cano and I am the interpretive design intern at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site in North Carolina. While I am originally from Santa Ana, California, I have just moved to North Carolina. I was...

Located in the heart of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is responsible for interpreting a wide variety of history, most notably the story of the English Lost Colony of Roanoke. However, this is not where the history of the site ends,...

Although Fort Raleigh NHS may not receive as many visitors as Cape Hatteras NS or Wright Brothers NM, we still value the participation of our guests. When I arrived to the park in the middle of May, the visitor's center already offered guests a way...

Young visitors explain the meaning behind their secret code quilt squares during our Juneteenth celebration.   One of the early lessons I learned when first beginning to present my Freedmen's Colony program is that it is hard to get people to care about something they are...

Sewing on a Display Sleeve for the Freedom Quilt Reconstructed Freedom Quilt on Display at FRNHS. Eighteen working days into my summer internship and they have absolutely flown by! From my first day getting oriented with the area to my current schedule of giving programs...

These past weeks have flown by. I worked on a few different tasks, including blogs, social media, internship projects, and even visited Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

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The first half of my internship involved training, operations, reading books and articles, brainstorming, creating a plan, and being mentored through conversation. I don’t mind being behind the scenes. In fact I enjoy doing research and independent...

  Fort Raleigh National Historic Site might be small in size but it is so rich in history. The park features 3 different historical events. The Lost Colony, The Freedmen's Colony, and Reginald Fessenden, “Father of  Voice Radio.” People are more familiar with the...

 2020 has been a year of change, adjustments, and transitions. My internship was not exempt from these changes.

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