This post is part of a series featuring behind-the-scenes dispatches from our Pohanka Interns working on the front lines of history this summer as interpreters, archivists, and preservationists. See here for the introduction to the series.
Social media is commonly used by organizations in order to extend their public outreach. However, social media can also be a key component of internal workings in these organizations. In reference to historic sites, this is important to recognize. Many historic sites are large and contain several different subgroups; many also work in conjunction with other sites. Boston African American National Historic Site (BOAF) partners with both Boston National Historical Park and the Museum of African American History, working with each in different respects. Because of these connections, it is important for partnering sites to be aware of what the others are doing. At BOAF, we have been working to create an e-newsletter in order to update people on what is happening at our site. In this newsletter, the challenge is not only to highlight many aspects of the park, but also give our partners an awareness of broader developments within the National Park Service as a whole. The newsletter will highlight presentations given by specific BOAF rangers, the projects interns are working on, and the work of administrative staff.