We’re pleased to welcome two new interns to Adventures in Preservation. MacKensie Cornelius and Nicholas Merkelson are both world travelers whose adventures have fed their keen interest in cultural heritage and global heritage issues and inspired them to do more to help preserve the world’s architectural heritage.
MacKensie has a professional background in archaeology and education, and has participated in archaeological digs all over the East Coast of the US and most recently, in Mongolia. For the past several years she has been traveling and living all over Asia while teaching English at universities and language centers. She is looking forward to returning to the US in 2011 to pursue a career in historic preservation. She is a strong believer in the power of volunteers and communities coming together to make a difference. Her own experiences have shown that voluntourism is “a great way to increase public awareness about not just problems, but real solutions and to erase the voice in each of us that says ‘What can one person do?’” As she says, “For volunteer participants, these working vacations are a way to connect with the place they are exploring in a meaningful way. Everyone wins!”
Nicholas recently completed a master’s degree with Distinction Honors at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, where he focused on cultural resource management vis-à-vis conservation, education, and interpretation. A veteran of archaeological excavations in Kenya and Spain, Nicholas is also the founder and moderator of Culture in Peril, a widely acclaimed blog devoted to the discussion and interpretation of important ongoing cultural heritage issues. His primary interests are public access to and the public relations aspects of cultural resource management.
Nicholas will be the face of AiP at events and speaking engagements in the New York City area and beyond. Be sure to catch him as he shares his, and our, passion for preservation.