In the morning, we split into two groups so that half of us could help wrap paintings while the other half worked on landscaping and cleaning at other historical sites. My group enjoyed listening to music, and “dancing” while wrapping pieces of artwork in cardboard and foam for temporary storage during renovations. Amy from The Historic Bethlehem Partnership (HBP) told us that our packaging efforts were saving her and the other HBP staff months of work, as their numerous other projects rarely leaves them time to work on it themselves. We had such a blast chatting with her about the different pieces we saw, her work, and the upcoming school year, that we were shocked when lunchtime rolled around. We ate sandwiches from the Goosey Gander, then had the opportunity to see the work that the other group had accomplished that morning. They had pulled weeds, cleared vines off of buildings, and washed windows and the work was immediately noticeable to anyone familiar with the site. After admiring their work, we cooperated together outside in cleaning up the Colonial Industrial Quarter, fondly referred to as the CIQ. I was so impressed at how much was accomplished by only 12 people! By the end of the day, everyone was exhausted (but not too exhausted for a round of volleyball against the AIM students) and proud of our work.
~Sasha Halasz '13