Michelle Moskal , an Art History major, was featured in the Intern Profile section of Preservation New Jersey Quarterly Newsletter. Preservation New Jersey (PNJ) is the premier organization for historic preservation in our state. Michelle was an Intern at Preservation New Jersey, from December 2008 to May 2009, doing research and going on site visits as part of the ten most endangered sites committee (see:
“Working with PNJ,” says the Profile, “gave her a much better insight into this process than any textbook ever could …. PNJ would like to acknowledge Michelle for her commitment to help communities in the state of New Jersey preserve their historic sites.”
Ms. Moskal is a senior Art History major and a cultural anthropology minor who is considering graduate study in Classical archaeology or Egyptology. Her interest in preservation began in the Historic Preservation overview with Dr. Tod Marder which touched briefly on topics of local development and the historic integrity of towns. Ron Emerich, the executive director of PNJ spoke to one the preservation classes about how towns are losing their historic buildings that are being replaced with very large houses. The only thing organizations can do is raise awareness. Inspired by this Michelle decided to contact the director to talk about possibilities.
The duties of the internship included the researching historic aspects of a building, the significance of the architecture, the historical importance of the building or prior owners to county, state or United States, the current status and the danger to the building. As an intern, Michelle could do much of the research from her desk in the dorm rather than travel to the Trenton. The work also included site visits. Michelle notes she learned that “a little bit of information can spur quite a bit of support” and that Preservation New jersey could use more student interns
As a student in the Certificate Program in Historic Preservation, which is open to undergraduates and graduate students, Michelle has demonstrated how theory and local realities work together. Although there are a large number of interns working on international projects, her commitment symbolizes the goal of both the Certificate Program and the entire University: Local Roots, Global Reach.