Historic Ithaca Intern Justina Bethune’s Historic Preservation Research
Hello, my name is Justina Bethune. I am a senior Architectural Studies major at Ithaca College and am currently an intern at Historic Ithaca. Upon graduating from Ithaca, I intend to pursue my masters in Urban and Regional Planning in the fall of 2020.
My determination to pursue advanced study in the field stems from my ambition to work as a Regional Planner in New York State. In order to gain some insight on the field I feel that it is best to have an internship related to the field. After a great deal of research I decided that Historic Ithaca would be the best place to learn about planning, preservation, and community development. Overall I feel that my time here at Historic Ithaca has given me both the knowledge and insight I need to pursue my masters in Regional Planning. This internship in a very short period of time has inspired me in so many ways and has given me the push I needed to move forward with my career choices.
During my time at Historic Ithaca I have had the privilege of working on major projects. The project I am currently working on is a guided tour of Ithaca College’s formerly owned president’s house at 2 Fountain Place. This tour will be taking place on Thursday, March 12. This event has given me the opportunity to speak with both faculty and staff from Ithaca College and gain some insight on the previous residents of the house. I have had the opportunity to meet with Ithaca College’s library archivist to collectively research the history of the house and have found an abundance of information. In addition to working with the college, here at Historic Ithaca we have also done a great deal of our own research. We have partnered up with The History Center to develop some great photographs for a poster for the tour. This project has been such a great experience. It has allowed me to meet wonderful people from all over Ithaca. I am excited to have been a part of teaching locals about the history of such a wonderful place.