Job Title: Preservation Coordinator and City Sign Administrator
City of Bardstown
What do you do on a day to day basis?
I am the administrator for all of the 480 historic buildings that are located in the Bardstown Historic District. I handle and oversee all exterior alterations to those properties and make sure that any changes made to them comply with the Secretary of Interiors Standards for Preservation as well as our local preservation guidelines. I am also the city sign administrator which means any signage created or changed in the city limits must be approved by me.
What are the goals of your work?
To preserve and protect the historic buildings in our district, to promote preservation, and to administer and oversee the signage in our community.
How did folklore prepare you for your career?
Folklore allowed me to understand the context of what to preserve as well as the process. Being in the Folk Studies Program allowed me to gain important knowledge and skills that I use on a daily basis with my position. The hands on training at the Gardner House was literally invaluable for my position. Learning to document oral histories and the history of whole communities was also a major part of my position that I still refer to daily. I learned how to do National Register Nominations as well, and I continue to use those skills often. So current students pay attention to how to understand the process and formation of your projects. Take good notes! Because in my experience you will use them again and continually!
If you could give one piece of advice to recent graduates/jobseekers what would it be?
Never be afraid to ask for help and keep in touch with your former bosses and professors. There will always be a time when you may need to ask other questions or ask for advice and help. Having those people that you have worked with as a resource will be so important in all of your future endeavors. You have amazing people willing to help you all you have to do is keep in touch and ask!
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