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Robert K. Sutton selected as Chief Historian, National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) has announced the selection of Robert K. Sutton as Chief Historian of the National Park Service. The chief historian provides guidance and direction to the national parks on interpreting the significance of America’s historic places. The position provides national leadership in setting and implementing NPS standards and guidelines relating to the documentation of historically significant properties. Sutton will begin his new position on October 1, 2007.

Preparing for the National Park Services Second Century: George Wright Society Introduces Essay Series on the National Park Service

In 2016 the U.S. National Park Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary. In anticipation of that event, the George Wright Society, an organization dedicated to protecting the parks and promoting research on and interpretation of their cultural and natural resources, has launched a series of 27 online essays exploring the challenges facing the agency today.

From the Archives: The National Park Service

In a Perspectives article from January 2000, historians Laura Feller and Page Putnam Miller described the 220 cultural sites sponsored by the National Park Service (NPS) as “sources of educational experiences, vessels of historical memory, and sometimes places that loom large in questions about personal and national identity.” Feller and Miller remind us of the NPS’s role in preserving and disseminating history, but they also contend that NPS experiences actually shape how people understand the past and their relation to the past.