After Memorial Day Weekend, Erik and I went back to work at Colonial NHP. This started our first week with the Interpretation Division. On our first day, we took the visitor's tour of Yorktown Battlefield to see what each visitor gets to experience at our national park. We walked through the visitor center's museum and saw George Washington's old tent from the Revolutionary War! We also took a Battlefield Walk with one of the Rangers and learned about the siege of Yorktown and the importance of the earthworks that were created here. We also learned about the different siege guns that were used in battle.
After this, we took the trolley over to the nearby Yorktown Victory Center, which is an entirely different entity run by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. We were to experience the different interpretive style of our national park compared to a privately owned museum. Not only did they have a museum, the also had a remake of a Continental Army encampment and a 1780's farm. I thought it was really interesting to see great examples of living history. The army encampment was really fun as I was able to hold a real musket with one of the soldiers!
On our last work day of the week, Erik and I headed out to Jamestown to meet with the Museum Specialst and Conservator. Here we were able to witness Jamestown's long history with an endless array of old and historic artifacts. She allowed us to work with some of these artifacts in her lab. We treated some pieces of 17th and 18th century brick that was found. These bricks needed a lot of work so we first cleaned them off and then we sorted them and labelled the collections. Many of the bricks had old pieces of glass and shell in them as well. I really enjoyed working with the artifacts as it reminded me of working in the science labs back at school with all the different tools and techniques.