Galveston Historical Foundation

Edward L. Protz Historic Preservation Internship

Named in honor of Galveston preservationist Ed Protz, Galveston Historical Foundation announces the Edward L. Protz Historic Preservation Internship, supported by the Mary Moody Northen Endowment.

2020-2021 INTERNS


Cara Quigley was born in Galveston and graduated from Ball High School in 2016. Influenced by the historic architecture of Galveston and interaction with Galveston Historical Foundation’s annual Historic Homes Tour led Cara to further her education in Charleston, South Carolina. Cara attended the College of Charleston and graduated in May 2020 with duel degrees in the fields of Historic Preservation and Urban Planning. While in Charleston, Cara has been involved with BVL Historic Preservation Research where she began as a research assistant before she was promoted to architectural research consultant.

Cara completed AutoCad certification training in 2019. Her awards of excellence include the Karen S. Keels Emerging Leader Award (2017) and scholarship awards from the Center for International Education (2018), the Albert Simons Memorial Scholarship Award (2019), and the Sallie E. Simons Memorial Scholarship (2020).


Estelle WeissEstelle Weiss-Tisman is a Historic Preservation student in Tulane’s Master of Preservation Studies program in New Orleans. At Tulane, Estelle has focused her work on the maintenance of the remaining historic fabric within smaller single-family homes and boardinghouses. Her research to identify these structures and explore the ways in which they have been largely underserved by preservation efforts led to her examining the impact of the cotton industry on specific neighborhoods within New Orleans.

Before she enrolled in Tulane, Esther graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, with a BA in History. She worked as a docent at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house Weltzheimer-Johnson House and the Allen Memorial Art Museum. She’s worked as an archival assistant archiving drawings from Tulane’s Master of Preservation Studies Program and as an intern with Macrostie Historic Advisors.

Internships may draw from professional and para-professional aspects of the organization, including historic preservation studies, research and documentation of historic properties, public policy and economic development initiatives, maritime studies and historic tall ship sailing, museum collections and documentation, archival planning, and craftsmanship and historic building rehabilitation or restoration. These internships will include a stipend and housing and living expenses with up to three internships awarded each calendar year.

“We are very excited to be able to establish this terrific program to attract young men and women to the island to explore our history and architecture, to see our historic houses and commercial buildings, to climb a tall ship, to conserve valuable artifacts, to learn to make balusters for a historic porch, or analyze the next steps for historic preservation through planning or policy,” states GHF Executive Director, Dwayne Jones. “In a sense, we see this internship as a way to use Galveston as a laboratory and to build a wall of successful projects where interns learn to value history and architecture”.

Applicants from historic preservation programs may submit projects, but applicants also may be working in a similar position and see this as an opportunity for building skills to improve competency in historic preservation or maritime studies. Each intern will be required to produce a final project that may be written, oral, or digital in format.

We will update this page when the next 2021-2022 applications open. 

  • Resiliency management of historic properties particularly for the Strand Mechanic National Historic Landmark district
  • Concepts and feasibility studies for a historic house museum or specially focused museum
  • Development of ideas and in-depth research on early Civil Rights efforts in Galveston as part of a larger African American story on the island
  • Heritage tourism plans for historic sites and areas in Galveston and Galveston County
  • Feasibility for historic maritime vessels to expand the programming at the seaport museum and/or additional business plan enhancements to the existing maritime programs
  • Research and documentation on under-recognized historic properties in Galveston
  • Development of an overall plan and program for archival management of GHF resources

GHF staff and board members will select interns each year. The selection committee will consider the merit of the proposal, ability, skills, and knowledge of the applicant to complete the proposed project. Familiarity with Galveston and commitment to complete a project that is beneficial to the island by furthering historic preservation.


GHF was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.

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