NPT Welcomes 2014 Interns

The Nantucket Preservation Trust is pleased to welcome our 2014 Interns, Sal Cumellagrew and Briane Shane. The NPT’s intern are both alumni students of The Preservation Institute Nantucket (PIN) field school, which is in affiliation with The University of Florida’s Historic Preservation Program. For more information regarding PIN please click here.

Salvatore (Sal) Cumella grew up in Spring Hill, FL. He has a History from the University of Florida with a minor in Classical Studies. After completing his BA, Sal worked as a Live Nursery Specialist for Lowe’s Home Improvement. During his time there, Sal undertook the task of managing various community relations projects funded through grants awarded by the Lowe’s Charitable Foundation. In 2013, Sal returned to UF to pursue a MA in one of his other photointerests, Historic Preservation.  In summer of 2013, he participated in Preservation Institute: Nantucket program. While there, he worked on project researching the evolution of tourism on the island. Sal has begun working on his Master’s thesis, in which he will evaluate the use of 3-D laser scanning as a tool to document and interpret historic interiors. His case studies will be wide ranging, including an 18th century Nantucket home, a gilded-age mansion in Florida, and an 18th century Florida plantation. In his free time, Sal is active as a Master Gardener working to educate homeowners about sustainable gardening principles. During the summer 2014 semester, Sal is excited to be interning at the Nantucket Preservation Trust.


Briane Shane is a graduate stuBriane Imagedent at the University of Florida studying interior design and historic preservation. Originally from New York City, Briane spent most of her life in Pennsylvania and fell in love with Victorian architecture. During her undergraduate studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Briane developed her research skills as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar focusing on Victorian residential architecture and design.

During her time at the University of Florida, Briane has attended Preservation Institute Nantucket and assisted in teaching architectural history.Briane is in the process of completing her thesis focusing on William Pahlmann’s design of the President Hotel (1964) in Hong Kong while also assisting Preservation Institute Nantucket, and working part-time at Nantucket Preservation Trust.