Student Panel Facilitator:
Travel and change accompanied me for much of my life shaping and influencing my humor, flexibility, and curiosity. Constants in the seas of change were a love of nature, history, science, art and reading. Camping/hiking in Mt. Rainier, Grand Canyon, and Canada influenced my passions. I received a B.A. in Geosciences from the University of Arizona, Tucson and later an M.A. in Environmental Interpretation from Prescott College.
Career elements include: Peace Corps Volunteer Bolivia, Scientific Illustrator, Reference Map librarian, SCA volunteer, and park ranger in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Glacier Bay Alaska, Kaloko-Honokohau NHP in Hawaii and chief of interpretation at Haleakala National Park on Maui.
Banjo, ukulele and my family are my current passions.
Scholarship and Partnerships Facilitators:
Renee Albertoli, Park Ranger and Interpretive Specialist at Independence National Historical Park, has worked for the NPS since 1990. Renee’s contributions to interpretation include park trading cards as well as the award winning “Project Write” camp for teens. Renee holds a M.A. from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture.
In 2001, Christine accepted her first permanent appointment at John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, where she was the supervisory park ranger. Beginning in 2009, she served as Senior Historian and National Historic Landmarks Program Manager for the NPS’ Southeast Region, and as the acting Chief Historian for that region. She also has held acting assignments in NPS’ Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs and as the superintendent of Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, as well as a consultant to the World Bank. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Career Academy for Cultural Resources, the co-leader of the Academy’s Historians’ Initiative, and a founding member the Best Practices working group for the Call to Action’s History Lesson.
Marty Blatt is Chief of Cultural Resources/Historian at Boston National Historical Park and Boston African American National Historic Site. He was elected President of the National Council on Public History and to the Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians. He has developed numerous exhibits and public history projects and authored essays and books.
Wayne Bodle is Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Valley Forge Winter: Civilians and Soldiers in War, which won the 2003 Choice Award for an Outstanding Academic Title. He is finishing a broad-ranging book on the Middle Colonies of British North America from the first European settlement until the American Revolution. His future projects include a study of Charles Wollstonecraft in America from 1792-1817, and his two wives and offspring as exemplars of gender change and cultural development in the Early Republic and Antebellum America.
Seth C. Bruggeman is an Associate Professor of History at Temple University where he directs the Center for Public History. Publications include an edited volume, Born in the USA: Birth and Commemoration in American Public Memory (2012), and Here, George Washington Was Born: Memory, Material Culture, and the Public History of a National Monument (2008).
Deirdre Gibson is the Chief of Planning and Resource Management at Valley Forge National Historical Park. She has worked with park staff and partners on a variety of initiatives to integrate cultural and natural history and make it more accessible to visitors, as well as initiatives to make the stories and meaning of the cultural landscape more legible.
Lu Ann Jones is a historian with the Park History Program, National Park Service, Washington, DC. Previously she taught at the University of South Florida and East Carolina University. She is co-author with Robert Sutton of The Life and Legacy of Robert Smalls of South Carolina’s Sea Islands (Eastern National, 2012).
Michael Liang is a visual information specialist with the Northeast Regional Office, Philadelphia, providing technical, creative, and strategic support on interpretive and digital media for 80 national parks. He began his national park career at North Cascades National Park, first as a seasonal interpretive ranger and later focusing on science communication efforts. Originally from Michigan, he received his B.F.A in Art and Design from the University of Michigan’s School of Art and Design and a certificate in Natural Science Illustration from the University of Washington.
Rutgers-Camden, author of Independence Hall in American Memory
Barbara Pollarine, NPS Northeast Region Chief of Interpretation, provides leadership, vision, and guidance for sites from Virginia to Maine. Previously, as Deputy Superintendent at Valley Forge NHP, she oversaw park operations, public programming, interpretive exhibit design, and building sustainable partnerships. Barbara recently served on the Board of the Schuykill River National and State Heritage Area from 2002-2012.
As chancellor of the Camden Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Wendell Pritchett has direct responsibility for the daily administration of a campus that enrolls nearly 6,800 students in 34 undergraduate programs and 28 graduate programs at the master’s and Ph.D. levels. The southernmost of three regional campuses that comprise Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers–Camden is located across 40 acres in the Camden Waterfront District, in the very heart of the metro Philadelphia region. (More…)
Dr. Robert K. Sutton
Chief Historian of the National Park Service
Named Chief Historian of the National Park Service in 2007, Dr. Robert K. Sutton provides national leadership in setting and implementing NPS standards and guidelines relating to the documentation of historically significant properties. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Superintendent of the Manassas National Battlefield Park. He held positions at the Oregon Historical Society, Oregon State Parks, NPS Southwest Regional Office, Independence National Park, Arizona State University, and National Capital Parks-East. He is the co-author of Majestic in His Wrath: The Life of Frederick Douglass; and author of Americans Interpret the Parthenon: Greek Revival Architecture and the Westward Movement. (More…)
Patricia West has been a public historian working primarily in historic house museums for over thirty years. Currently Curator at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook, New York, and Co-Director of the Center for Applied Historical Research at the University at Albany, she is the author of Domesticating History: The Political Origins of America’s House Museums, published by Smithsonian Institution Press.
I write histories of governmental agencies and local organizations so that decision-makers–that includes agency officials, congressional members, other elected officials, and citizens–can use the information and my analysis to make informed decisions for the future. I try hard to get my completed histories published (4 out of 5 are published and another is in revisions for possible publication) so that their utility and readership extends beyond the immediate purposes of the contract under which I worked. I think that one way to ensure that we have an informed society and an open, transparent government is by having histories written of each agency and its various components–and have those histories updated on a regular basis.