Galveston Historical Foundation

Edward L. Protz Historic Preservation Internship



Wenhan Zhang
Wenhan Zhang is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture with an emphasis in Interior Architecture as well as a Certificate of Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Wenhan has a fine arts background and experience in diverse mediums, from painting to digital drawing. He holds a Bachelors in Interior Design from Columbia College and works to integrating these skills with his formal design training to create engaging drawings that communicate his design aesthetic clearly. Wenhan worked as a project manager at Xi’an Hua Yi Interior Construction Company leading projects that focused on the adaptive reused of existing buildings. His Edward L. Protz project focus on the interior design and use of the GH & H Deport two-story office building.


Katelyn Landry
Katelyn Landry is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Rice University in Houston, TX. Her research interests include early Texas history, the U.S. domestic slave trade, and the manifestations of those subjects in public history collective memory and heritage site preservation. Katelyn has previous experience with archival research and a passion for augmenting and highlighting enslaved people’s experiences in public historical venues. She’s been working on the Slave Voyages Database, an online repository for data on tens of thousands of slaving vessels that operated between the 16th and 19th centuries. Her Edward L. Protz project will focus on detailing the history of enslavement in Galveston from the early 1810’s through June 19, 1867, with particular focus on the illicit slave trafficking that operated through the island’s harbor. Including updating the data on the number of ships carrying enslaved people which passed through Galveston Harbor, how many African people populated the island, the regions of the Caribbean and Africa they were potentially from, their names and ages (when available), and where in Texas they may have ended up.


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.

“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”.

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. Internships will include a stipend and/or housing and living expenses. Up to three internships may be awarded each calendar year. 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.

Inquiries should be e-mailed to Laura Bourgeois at Laura.Bourgeois@galvestonhistory.org.

Resiliency and Disaster Management:

  • Resiliency management of historic properties particularly for the Strand Mechanic National Historic Landmark district.
  • Assist with updating/developing a Disaster Management Plan for GHF’s properties. Include best practices for after-disaster mitigation and stabilization prior to repairs.
  • Oversee moving GHF’s Museum Collection to a new location. Update overall plan and program for archival management of GHF resources. Must have materials conservation, or museum studies experience or degree.

Hands-On Opportunities:

  • Assist with the move and stabilization of three Revolving Fund houses. This is a Late Spring/Early Summer internship opportunity overseeing the relocation of three houses in Galveston.
  • Develop a curriculum for our Preservation U lecture and hands-on classes for residents and contractors. Include demonstration videos and/or written briefs.
  • Hands-on carpentry opportunity developing a catalog of carpentry trim, spindles, and other wood trim for our Architectural Salvage Warehouse store.
  • Develop a comprehensive plan for Menard House including updating the interior design of the house.

Schematic and Feasibility Studies:

  • Development of concepts 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.

This is a 6-week internship from the summer of 2021 to early 2022. The intern will receive a $2,500.00 stipend, GHF will also provide accommodations if needed. This is an in-person internship in Galveston, Texas, it will require several check-in meetings with staff and/or board as needed.

GHF staff and board members will select interns each year with giving consideration to 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.

If you have any questions about the internship please feel free to contact Laura Bourgeois at 409-765-3429 or Laura.Bourgeois@galvestonhistory.org.


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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