This blog is an attempt to compile my numerous thoughts, interesting research finds, interpretative challenges, and as a student of history. My name is Kyle Rothemich and am currently attending James Madison University in Harrisonburg Virginia. I am currently pursuing my History Degree with hopes of attending Graduate school in the near future. However, I am also granted the great opportunity to work for the National Park Service. During the spring, summer and fall I work as an Interpretative Park Ranger at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in Middletown, Virginia. (Disclaimer: Everything written on this blog represents my personal views and not that of the National Park Service or Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park and has no connections with my employer. This is my blog, I may relate to, or promote programs by the NPS, but again, has no official connection with my employer).
After working at the park and continuing my education, I find myself having conversations with fellow co-workers, colleagues, students, professors and park visitors that incite thoughts in my head. Thoughts that I think should be shared. Also, I encounter many challenges in school and in my professional career that I feel should be discussed. This blog is an attempt to discuss these various trials, tribulations, struggles, successes, discoveries, challenges and hurdles I encounter as I am training to become a proper historian in both the academic and public realm.
Myself during my Heater Family: Split Loyalties program which was done as part of our parks “History at Sunset Series” this past summer.
Myself and my girlfriend Casey. Another historian in training at Shepard University.