Updates from the Naval History and Heritage Command
Ahoy! (No one at Naval History and Heritage Command actually says that, but I like to.) This week has been better and I’d like to think it all has to do with my charms and undaunted spirit. Personal communique has been the key to weaseling my way into my co-workers hearts; through thorough questioning and leech-like attachment to specific persons in the office, I have learned much about what NHHC does and how it works. Unfortunately, my first point of contact was out of the office this week on vacation but it made me branch out to others in the office and I have connected with a few lovely people.
I finally toured the lab which I found most fascinating; it included artifacts from our latest project out of Lake Champlain, the Royal Savage from the Revolutionary War, as well as a trumpet recovered off of the ill-fated USS Houston from World War II and an awesome torpedo recovered by Navy trained dolphins! Having never had the chance to work in a conservation lab before I was very keen to get a chance to learn something there and try my hand at conserving. Unfortunately, this also ended up being my downfall; having never worked in a conservation lab before, I will not be trusted with it now.
I had the extremely exciting opportunity to do research at the National Archives and Records Administration. I spent all day Thursday at Archives Two in College Park, Maryland and all day Friday at Archives One in the Federal Triangle pulling records and nerding-out to my little heart’s content. I felt very official and important, researching essential information for an upcoming NHHC dive mission.
I think I’m learning to take full advantage of the opportunities NHHC is giving me; if this internship is or isn’t going to be worth-while, it will be because I did or didn’t make it so. That’s all for now folks, but I’ll catch you up on the other side of this week!
-Emily Haver, 2015 AAA Intern