What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
I am the manager at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
I am responsible for all aspects of operating an historic site, including planning, coordination and implementation of our historic site public programs for daily visitation, special events and school programs. I am also responsible for hiring and training new interpreters (both volunteers and staff), research, grants, our farm animal program, public relations, safety, working in partnership with the ranch's volunteer Living History Association and the maintenance and the integrity of the 220 acre site.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
I have been involved in the living history field for 18 years, and I have been working at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site for 10 years.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
I like being given the opportunity to make Rock Ledge the premier living history site in the western United States. We do many exciting, entertaining, and education activities at RLR, and people are responding. Last year more people visited the site than ever before!
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
I would want to, on a daily basis, be able to do both my managerial duties and my front-line interpretation. I love being outdoors doing historic activities such as farming with our Belgian draft horses, gardening, blacksmithing, putting up a tipi or teaching a child about where their food comes from.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
I was not prepared for how exciting I would find history to be. I have a psychology degree (which comes in handy from time to time!) and never found the few college history classes I took to be all that interesting. But the “living history” aspect of what we do makes it all different. Our visitors get to use all their senses---touch, taste, smell, hearing, sight---and that makes it much more interesting than memorizing dates!
What makes working on the Westside special?
The Westside has a uniqueness that you don't find in new areas of the city. We have established neighborhoods, schools, and restaurants. Of course, there is our proximity to the natural beauty of the Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Canyon and Rock Ledge Ranch.
“What do you do?” is a regular feature in the Westside Pioneer. If you know someone who has an interesting job on the Westside (but doesn’t live here), he/she might be a candidate for this column! If you know someone who might qualify, give us a call at 471-6776.