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Posted: 05/08/2015

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Woodlawn/Pope-Leighey House

Woodlawn Plantation is the first site operated by the National Trust and was originally part of George Washington's Mount Vernon. In 1799, he gave the site to his nephew, Lawrence Lewis, and Lewis' new bride, Eleanor "Nelly" Parke Custis, Martha's granddaughter, in hopes of keeping Nelly close to Mount Vernon. Construction of the Mansion completed in 1805. In 1846, the entire plantation was sold to Quaker timber merchants, who purposefully operated the farm plantation with free labor, making a statement in Virginia on the eve of the Civil War. At the turn of the 20th Century, two separate owners, Paul Kester and Elizabeth Sharpe, lovingly restored the property using the best Colonial Revival architects and builders. Senator Oscar Underwood lived in the Mansion from 1925 until his death in 1929. Operated as a historic house museum since 1949, Woodlawn is an interesting case-study of the cultural relevance of the house museum.

Preservation Intern
Internship Opportunity
Alexandria, VA

In December of 2014, we started our digitizing project for all Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey archives; this internship will continue the Woodlawn portion of the project. As a collaborative effort your responsibilities will include digitizing, identification of documents requiring conservation, updating the online database and finding aid, and additional items as tasked by the preservation manager and archivist/project lead.

A successful candidate should be working towards a graduate degree in library science, historic preservation, conservation, collections management or other closely related fields. You should be in good academic standing with strong communication and computer skills. Hands-on experience outside of academic environment is preferred but not required.

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How to apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume to amedve@savingplaces.org for consideration no later than May 29, 2015. No phone calls, please.

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