This week’s blog takes a look at some of Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site’s “Centennial Champions,” a special group of employees who brainstormed and implemented programs and events to engage new audiences for 100th birthday of the National Park Service, coming up in 2016.
Each of these new park programs or events helps meet the goals of the National Park Service’s Call to Action (C2A), “to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.”
Our Gettysburg and Eisenhower Centennial Champions are:
Ahna Wilson – for Presidential Paint & Wine night. Park staff along with the Gettysburg Foundation and the Adams County Arts Council created an after-hours art event on September 24, called a Presidential Paint and Wine Night. The sold-out event featured a tour of the home and its art, followed by painting instruction and refreshments. Another will be held in the spring. C2A10 Arts Afire
Elle Lamboy – for the new Recruits membership program of the Friends of Gettysburg, and for the Presidential Paint & Wine night at Eisenhower National Historic Site (EISE). Elle played a key role in the Gettysburg Foundation’s launching of a new membership level for the Friends of Gettysburg targeting millennials. The new “Recruit” level is for ages 18 – 38. C2A 29 Posterity Partners
Tom Forsyth – for Artists in Residency programs. To showcase the meaning of parks and inspire and engage new artists, the park established an “Artists in Residency” program in 2015, hosting artists for month-long residencies through the summer months. C2A3 History Lesson and C2A10 Arts Afire
Curt Musselman – for Wellness programs. As the chair of the park’s newly created wellness committee, Curt created a series of popular wellness walks and fitness programs throughout the spring, summer and fall. The programs are improving work life, health, safety and morale for park employees. C2A 6 Take a Hike; Call Me in the Morning
Chris Gwinn – for Civil War Trust: Generations. In July, Chris hosted the Civil War Trust Generations program. This walk of Pickett’s Charge featured grandparents and grand-kids bonding on the fields of Gettysburg. More Gettysburg Generations events are planned in the future. C2A 3 History Lesson and C2A 6 Take a Hike; Call Me in the Morning
Jason Martz – for engaging the next generation through the GETT and EISE websites, on multiple social media platforms, with the park blog, “From the Fields of Gettysburg,” and other projects. C2A17 Go Digital
In future blog posts we’ll highlight upcoming NPS Centennial programs and events. Be part of the celebration and Find Your Park!
Katie Lawhon, Management Assistant, November 5, 2015