Department of the Interior
National Park Service ~ Cultural Resources Division
Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program
Mound Bayou, MS: Assessment and Evaluation of Historic African American Resources
This position is overseen by the National Park Service Southeast Regional Office located at 100 Alabama St. SW, 1924 Building, Atlanta GA 30324. Although the internship will be based in downtown Atlanta, it will not be necessary for the intern to reside in Atlanta for the course of this internship. Opportunities for at least one or two supervised field visits to Mound Bayou, MS will be built into the internship.
The intern will complete a Condition Assessment for the I.T. Montgomery House NHL and contribute to additional documentation for the property’s nomination. The Montgomery House NHL was constructed in Mound Bayou, Mississippi by the eponymous founder of an Owenite utopian community. Montgomery was a freed person, formerly enslaved by Joseph and Jefferson Davis, who led a colony of freed people from Davis’ Bend to Mound Bayou, where they established a vibrant agricultural community and founded cooperative cotton gins, oilseed plants, stores, and banks to support this collective endeavor.
Montgomery’s house, currently owned by the Knights and Daughters of Tabor and leased by the City of Mound Bayou, is vacant and suffering from what appears to be substantial structural damage. The intern will work with the Southeast Region’s (SER) lead architectural historian to complete a Condition Assessment report for the Montgomery House, and with SER’s NHL program manager (and with the Mississippi SHPO) to gather survey data for extant Mound Bayou cultural resources, to evaluate these resources, and to propose an amendment to existing NHL documentation. Additional documentation ultimately will contribute to a context study for Reconstruction-era properties
The internship should begin in January of 2012; the end date of the position will be determined by the work schedule. Part-time work, as well as working off-site (e.g. working from campus) will be considered in developing a flexible work plan for the intern. The NPS will work with the intern to accommodate coursework and other degree responsibilities.
The selected applicant will receive total compensation in the amount of $2,900.00. Based upon hours worked, the intern will receive a bi-weekly stipend throughout the internship.
The duties and daily responsibilities of the intern will include but are not limited to:
• Conduct a literature survey of primary and secondary source materials concerning the Davis Bend and Mound Bayou settlements (using research collections at Emory University),
• compile survey data from field work (both existing MDAH/SHPO data and data compiled by site visits undertaken with SER CRM specialists),
• Work closely with SER CRM specialists to make general recommendations for the treatment of the building and for a potential district designation in Mound Bayou.
• Complete a Condition Assessment report for the I.T. Montgomery House and, if applicable, draft grant proposals for rehabilitation work.
• Compose a historiographical essay, analyzing Mound Bayou within the context of Reconstruction and the “redemption” of the Mississippi Delta that will contribute to additional documentation (or a possible district nomination) for the existing NHL.
Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 25. No vehicle is required but will be helpful, especially if intern will not be based in Atlanta. SERO staff will coordinate transportation for site visits. The successful candidate must pass a federal background check. The intern should have skills in historical research and training in historic preservation planning and technology.
The ideal candidate will be enrolled in a graduate program in historic preservation or historical architecture, and have completed coursework (or equivalent work or volunteer experience) in the identification, evaluation, and documentation of historic resources and in the application of National Register of Historic Places criteria.
Coursework in preservation planning and the conservation of historic building materials is highly recommended. Coursework in nineteenth-century American history and in American architectural history is also recommended. The intern must demonstrate experience in historical research and writing and have a working knowledge of American vernacular architecture. Experience in technical writing (e.g. architectural description) is needed; a competitive candidate will be able to complete narrative and graphic documentation of vernacular architecture. Familiarity with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation is recommended; CRM specialists will work with an intern who is inexperienced yet expresses interest in learning to apply these skills standards and to develop skills in technical writing.
For questions please contact Paloma Bolasny at Paloma_bolasny@contractor.nps.gov or 202-354-2174.
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