Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello – Charlottesville, VA
I graduated in May of ’09 with a Bachelors of Science in Anthropology. The following June I received acceptance into the graduate program of Collections Care at Cardiff University in Wales. After 3 months I realized I didn’t have a passion for collections care. Light levels and integrated pest management systems just weren’t my thing. I returned to the states and started taking Art and Architectural history classes at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. In May of 2011 I started a Historic Preservation internship with the National Parks Service at Kinglsey Plantation in Jacksonville Florida.The internship ended the following winter when I was offered temporary employment as a Maintenance/ Preservation technician. I left the park Service after 2 years when I was offered the Preservation Specialist position at George Washington’s Mount Vernon in Alexandria Virginia. At Mount Vernon I was able to be apart of some amazing preservation work including the restoration of George Washington “New Room” and the annual Historic Preservation field school. After 2 years my husband was stationed at Fort lee Army base and I was offered a position at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello as a Restoration Specialist. At Monticello my day-to-day work varies greatly. I do a lot painting, plastering and carpentry along with research and documentation. We also just recently finished the restoration of the 2nd and 3rd floors which are now fully interpreted to the Jefferson period.
My time as an Anthropology student at Longwood definitely helped to prepare me for my career in Historic Preservation. I work closely with many archaeologists on building locations and functionality. Excavation documentation also gave me a great foundation for building documentation. I’m extremely glad that I chose Longwood for my undergraduate studies and will always remember the fun times I had with my classmates, Dr. Bates and Dr. Jordan.