The Story of the (Preservation Princess Paletera) Scout SA Internship

Being ScoutSA intern has been such a fantastic experience and I have both learned and contributed so much that it is hard to put it all into words. There is no question about it, I LOVE my job! Where else would I have had the opportunity to have fun being “Preservation Princess” on stage at the Arneson River Theater, or live out a childhood dream of being a “paletera” passing out popsicles to Rehabarama volunteers on a hot day, or have a front row seat to a historic light show under the stars at Mission San Jose?!?  While those were fun volunteer experiences outside the office, inside the office there is also never a dull day. I love that I have been given opportunities to work on projects that I was passionate about which utilized strengths in my skillset and also challenged me enough to grow me professionally.

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Dinosaurs, Tigers, and Pegasus: Are Historic Gas Stations an Endangered Species?

How, then, should we approach preservation of such a pervasive vernacular building type that some might liken to a pox on the landscape, a symbol of our dependence on fossil fuels, places actually designed to prevent us from spending time there? However tempting it may be to equate our modern treatment of these spaces with their historic counterparts, presentism will leave us with smudged windshields and empty tanks when it comes to old service stations.

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Hugman River Walk Tour

With its winding, tree-lined walks, lush tropical landscaping, and array of restaurants, hotels, and shops, the River Walk provides a scenic destination for visitors and locals alike in the heart of the city. This mobile, self-guided tour highlights the historic aspects of the River Walk and work of its designer Robert H. H. Hugman.

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