Like any good history organization, NRF spends as much time looking ahead as it does looking to the past, and each summer we welcome budding material culturists, public historians, and architecture nerds to Newport to help keep us (and our collections and programs) fresh. NRF’s longstanding Emily A. Laird graduate internship program is a cornerstone of operations and something we look forward to year after year. For ten weeks every summer, interns become full members of the museum team based at Rough Point, lending their perspective on everything from exhibition themes to important ice cream decisions, and we couldn’t do what we do without them.
Mical Tawney, our 2016 Laird Intern, spent the summer working to bring new life and updated scholarship to our vast 18th- and 19th-century architectural collection. Since the majority of these properties are part of our tenant-steward program and unavailable for touring, our website is the best way for visitors to explore and learn about Newport’s early architecture. Mical carefully reviewed the listings for NRF’s seventy-nine historic houses and refreshed each description to reflect the best research available.
Over the next year, we’ll be integrating Mical’s contributions into the Historic Houses page on the website, so keep your eye out for new photos, updated entries, and more interactive features. To learn about the Sisson Collins House – where Mical’s grandparents once lived many years ago – check out the first revised house history here.
Mical is already on her way back to the University of Virginia, where she’ll complete her MA in Architectural History next spring, and we owe her big thank-you for her terrific ideas, sunny disposition, and, most importantly, for keeping NRF thinking about what comes next!
Intern Fast Facts
Hometown | Charlottesville, VA
College | Dickinson College, BAs in History and Italian
Graduate work | University of Virginia, focus on 18th and 19th century architectural history; certificate in Historic Preservation
Favorite ice cream flavor | Pistachio