Meet our 2016 Diversity Interns
A heartfelt "thank you" to this year's diversity interns, Haian Abdirahman and Victor Hurtado, who spent their summer in service to historic preservation.
Haian graduated from North Dakota State University in 2015 with a degree in English and Public History. He is currently attending The University of Texas at Austin completing a dual Masters of Public Affairs and Information Studies in Cultural Policy, Archives and Records Enterprises. Haian also worked on a year-long policy research project titled "City of Austin Challenges," part of the cultural policy team researching live music preservation in Austin, and worked with Texas Folklife Resources in Austin as an Archive Processing Intern. Previously Haian served as Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress in the Manuscript Division. He recently received the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Fellowship (2015-2017), UT Austin McNair Diversity Recruitment Fellowship (2015-2016), and the iSchool Phillip Tocker Endowed Presidential Fellowship (2015-2016), as well as many others. He is part of the UT iSchool Cultural Heritage and Information Preservation Society and the LBJ Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Haian will be working with the History Programs division this summer on a Youth Education project.
Victor is currently a Bachelor of Arts student in Art History with a minor in Legal Reasoning from the University of Texas at El Paso. He has been on the Dean’s List since 2013 and the Liberal Arts Honors Program since 2014. He has received the Texas Public Educational Grant since 2013 as well as the TEXAS (Towards Excellence, Access and Success) Grant since 2013. While in El Paso, Victor served as an Undergraduate Assistant and Peer Leader, and was actively affiliated with the El Paso County Historical Commission and the Art History Association, and created a research video project with members of the El Paso community about Historic preservation developments in downtown El Paso since 2012.
Caddo Mounds State Historic Site Revives the Traditional Grass House
Thank you to the foundations who supported this effort:
--The Cultural Resources Fund of the Tides Foundation, on the recommendation of the MICA Group
--The Summerlee Foundation
--The Texas Historical Foundation
In 2014 the Friends of Caddo Mounds embarked on fundraising projects for construction of a traditional Caddo grass house and in September 2015 Caddo Mounds received a $15,000 grant from the Tides Foundation. While the grant will only partially fund construction of the house, continued fundraising will help furnish the house using traditional made objects (beds, mats, baskets, pottery) and will allow the site to conduct community outreach programs and opportunities for cultural exhange with Caddo tribal members and community volunteers.
The Caddo grass house project is officially underway.
- Grass was cut in November and has been laid out to dry during the winter months.
- Pine and willow for framing were identified and marked in early December for harvesting this summer.
- The house site will be excavated in late spring.
- In the summer of 2016 construction will be complete. Read an update about the grass house here!
To be a part of this exciting project, donate to the Caddo Grass house fund. Visit the Caddo Mounds website and Facebook page to learn more and to be notified about special projects and volunteer opportunities. Read more about the history of the grass house here.
Making a Difference
Caddo Mounds is hosting a teacher workshop June 23th - 25th, 2016. Topics include teaching Caddo history, constructing the Caddo grass house, Caddo lifeways and material culture. TEA approved for CPE credit, $100.