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Back Row: Paul Cady, Ben Donnan. Front Row: Sarah Hunter, Stephanie Byrd, Ny Pham.

The 2013 NCPTT interns will share their knowledge and gain new skills during the ten-week internship program.  They will undertake laboratory research, record podcasts for our website, assist in curriculum and lesson plan development for preservation education, and help prepare and provide instruction for three summer youth events.  The interns will also present a lunch time lecture, prepare a poster, and participate in the annual “Preservation in Your Community” outreach event.


Stephanie Byrd

Stephanie Byrd is working with Ed Fitzgerald  in the Architecture and Engineering program on further developing The final goal for the summer is to use multimedia efforts to create a lesson plan that will translate becoming a Preservapedia contributor to graduate level coursework. She is also assisting Ed with colorimetry, durometer measurements, photography and data entry for a study of glazing compounds on sash windows. Stephanie’s focus in the preservation field is public outreach, education efforts, interpretation, and advocacy.

Stephanie is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California’s Master’s in Planning program, with a Certificate in Historic Preservation. Her concentration was Preservation and Design of the Built Environment. Before coming to NCPTT, she worked at the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) as a Historical Resources Intern and Weekend Interpreter Supervisor. Outside of work, she enjoys planning intern adventures to blog about on the NCPTT website, baking banana bread, reading Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities or Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird over again, and planning for her October 2014 wedding.


Paul Cady

Paul Cady is working with Debbie Smith in the Historic Landscape program.  Currently he is developing materials for the History Detectives Camp in July before transitioning to working on curriculum development in historic landscape preservation maintenance.  Additionally he will be recording podcasts on landscape preservation related subjects.

Paul is a masters student in Landscape Architecture at the University of Georgia, with a concentration in historic landscape preservation.  He is a graduate student in the Cultural Landscape Lab working with Cari Goetcheus to develop materials for NPS sites in the Charleston area.  This fall he will be working at Wormsloe State Historic Site near Savannah, GA.  Prior to starting his masters degree, Paul was a gardener at Filoli, a National Trust for Historic Preservation property south of San Francisco.  When not working or studying Paul enjoys adventuring, hiking, baking, and reading.


Ben Donnan

Ben Donnan is working with Tad Britt in the Archeology program. He is assisting in the creation of a database of archaeological and cultural resources for Death Valley National Park that will be used for probability modeling and development of long-term management tools for the Park. The intuitive and easy to use tools under development will be useful for anyone contracted to do work within Death Valley National Park.

Ben hails from Albany, GA, but is currently pursuing a Master’s in Anthropology at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with an emphasis on Archaeology, GIS, and Geophysics. Previous project work includes: ground-based LiDAR mapping of Civil War Earthworks and Batteries near Charleston, SC,  excavations with Georgia Southern University on Mont Repose Plantation in Jasper County, SC and Camp Lawton in Millen GA, Cultural Resource Management surveying near Savannah, GA and most recently assisting in Resistivity Tomography of Mound A at Toltec Mounds, near Little Rock, AR. When he is not running around dig sites or at school, Ben enjoys backpacking, traveling, hanging out with family/friends, and being silly.


Sarah Hunter

Sarah Hunter is working with Jason Church in the Materials Conservation program She is working on the second phase of the rust converter study begun by previous intern, Anna Muto.  This study will review the efficacy of rust converters while introducing salt into the weathering process.  Sarah will also be assisting during the Conservation Scientist for a Day and History Detectives Camp.

Sarah is attending the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a Masters in Historic Preservation.  Her degree concentration is in materials conservation. In her first year, she conducted an evaluation of graffiti control treatments and presented her work at the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works (AIC) Annual Meeting 2013.  Prior to attending graduate school, Sarah studied abroad in Cuba for a Historic Preservation course with Georgia State University (GSU). Her undergraduate work was in history, concentrating in the American South.  She has also presented her original research at the 2011 GSU Undergraduate Research Conference and the 2012 Phi Alpha Theta Biennial Convention.  Outside of work and school, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her chocolate lab, and studying local history.


Ny Pham

Ny Pham is working with Carol Chin in the Materials Conservation program. Her study is on the removal of crude oil from building stones and historic brick.  Crude oil is highly toxic. If it is not removed from a building it can remain a threat to the immediate environment.  It can also adversely affect contaminated building materials if it is allowed to undergo natural breakdown in place.  It is water-insoluble and very tenacious, so it will not simply wash away by natural weathering. This study compares the effectiveness of different surface washing agents on crude oil that has been artificially weathered onto limestone, marble, granite, and brick.

Ny attends attends the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts and will be completing her senior year beginning in the Fall of 2013. She is originally from Houma, LA.  In her free time she enjoys hiking, playing piano, tennis, and pool.

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