By Ken Bernstein
The Office of Historic Resources has been benefiting from the work of four talented interns during this summer (in alphabetical order by last name):
David Barboza is the OHR’s Social Media Intern, coordinating SurveyLA’s MyHistoricLA.org web site (with MindMixer), contributing articles to the SurveyLA blog, and integrating the Office’s presence on Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets with more traditional outreach methods, including public workshops. David has a B.A. in History from UCLA and a Master’s in Planning from USC. He has worked as a Planning Intern for L.A. City Councilmember Paul Koretz and currently works part-time as an intern for the City of Lakewood.
Kimberly Henry has a B.A. in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and an M.A. in Architecture from UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Design, with a specialization in Architectural History and Theory. Her Master’s Thesis investigated the migration of Los Angeles’ city center since the mid-1800s. Kimberly is working in the OHR’s Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) unit, assisting the HPOZ planners in the preparation of determination letters for cases, and with outreach materials and research.
James Ramirez graduated this year with a B.A. in Politics from Occidental College. Through an exchange program with the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he also studied the history of Modernism, with an emphasis on architecture from the Modern period. As a hobby, he devoted the past two years to researching and photographing historic landmarks and architecture near Occidental’s campus in Eagle Rock. James is assisting the OHR in processing new applications for the Mills Act Historical Property Contract program.
Annie Tang is the OHR’s Getty Multicultural Intern, participating in a grant-supported summer internship program from the Getty Foundation. Annie graduated in June with a B.A. in History from UCLA and has a strong interest in Chinese-American history, particularly in Los Angeles. She has worked previously as an intern for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and Center for Folklife and Culture Heritage, as an intern for the Getty Research Institute, and as an Archival Volunteer for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Annie is leading the OHR’s research on the Chinese-American Historic Context Statement for SurveyLA.