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                                                                   This handheld multimedia       In This Issue
                                                                   device was one of many
                                                                   such models on display at
                                                                                                             Creating

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                                                                   the 2007 annual meeting of
                                                                   the American Association of               Engaging Web
                                                                   Museums (AAM) in Chi-                     Content With
                                                                   cago. HFC media specialists               Flash
                                                                   sampled handheld audio
                                                                   devices, video devices, cell
                                                                   phone programs, and other                 Selma to


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                                                                   new media devices. Devices                Montomery
                                                                   for disabled users were also              Interactive
                                                                   prominently featured. (NPS                Program Wins
                                                                   Photo by David Guiney)                    Award

                                                                                                             New Exhibits
From the Editor
HFC media specialists joined 6,000 attendees at this year’s annual meeting of the Ameri-
                                                                                                   5         Bring Geology
                                                                                                             of the Grand
                                                                                                             Canyon to Life

can Association of Museums (AAM) in Chicago. Among the exhibitors HFC staff spoke
                                                                                                             Recent

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with were exhibit designers and fabricators, audio tour producers, lighting specialists,
                                                                                                             Retirements at
filmmakers, and mannequin sculptors. Guide by Cell, which has produced cell-phone                             Harpers Ferry
audio tours for Valley Forge, had a booth (www.guidebycell.com). So did Solid Terrain                        Center
Modeling, a National Park Service IDIQ contractor (www.stm-usa.com).

Exhibit producer Anita Smith attended sessions related to accessibility. At one presenta-
tion, she listened to Steven Landau of Touch Graphics, who demonstrated products for
the visually impaired (www.touchgraphics.com). Another accessibility session focused
on new technologies for people with hearing loss. One of the presenters, Sarah Blannett,
comes from the NPS affiliated Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

Podcasting was a hot topic at the conference, and exhibit planner Caitlin McQuade at-
tended several related sessions. At one of them, staff from the Chicago History Museum
described their experience working with the Second City comedy troupe to produce
downloadable audio tours for the exhibition Crossroads of America. Check out the re-
sults, including a special tour for teens, at www.chicagohs.org/planavisit/exhibitions.

Exhibit planner David Guiney has collected brochures and contact information for sev-
eral of the AAM vendors. Feel free to contact him by email at David_Guiney@nps.gov.

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The Clara Barton                                                                                  HFC onMEDIA is produced
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Interactive Experience                                                                            Center. Statements of facts and
                                                                                                  views are the responsibility of the
                                                                                                  authors and do not necessarily
Creating Engaging Web Content with Flash                                                          reflect an opinion or an endorse-
                                                                                                  ment by the National Park
                                                                                                  Service. Mention of trade names
Clara Barton National Historic Site recently unveiled a new                                       or commercial products does not
online virtual tour of the Clara Barton house in Glen Echo,                                       necessarily constitute recommen-
                                                                                                  dation for use by the National
Maryland. Called “The Clara Barton Interactive Experience,” the                                   Park Service.

virtual tour and related online activities are designed to en-                                    Send questions and comments to
                                                                                                  David T. Gilbert either by email at
gage school children and general audiences alike in the story of                                  david_t_gilbert@nps.gov or call
Clara Barton and the early history of the American Red Cross.                                     304 535 6102.

                                                                                                  Secretary of the Interior
Clara Barton National Historic Site             special events, and school programs for           Dirk Kempthorne
commemorates the life of Clara Barton,          the education and enlightenment of visi-          Director,
founder of the American Red Cross. The          tors and researchers.                             National Park Service
Clara Barton home served as the head-                                                             Mary A. Bomar

quarters and warehouse for the organiza-        The interactive program was the brain-            Associate Director,
tion. From this house, Miss Barton orga-        child of Clara Barton staff, who first sub-         Partnerships and Visitor
                                                                                                  Experience
nized American Red Cross relief efforts          mitted the concept as a Parks as Class-
                                                                                                  Chris Jarvi
for victims of natural disasters, epidemics,    room grant request in August 2004. The
and war. The site tells the story of the        idea evolved through several iterations           Director,
                                                                                                  Harpers Ferry Center
early American Red Cross and its founder        to become a Web-based Flash applica-              Don Kodak
Clara Barton through the acquisition and        tion that would engage school children
                                                                                                  Editor
use of museum objects, library and archi-       and general audiences alike in the story
                                                                                                  David T. Gilbert
val material, and associated records. The       of Clara Barton and the American Red
                                                                                                  Art Director
site also tells the story of Miss Barton’s      Cross. The interactive program, accord-
                                                                                                  Robert Clark,
final home—the first permanent office of            ing to the park’s grant application, would        Office of NPS Identity
the American Red Cross, in Glen Echo,           permit both students and general audi-
                                                                                                  Designer
Maryland—and makes the home and                 ences to retrieve and read historic letters,      David T. Gilbert
its collections accessible in historically      newspaper articles, and other related
furnished rooms, short-term exhibitions,        documents; type letters or solicitations          Contributors
                                                                                                  Chris Dearing
                                                                   on behalf of Clara             Lakita Edwards
                                                                   Barton and the Ameri-          Susan Finta
                                                                   can Red Cross; view            David Guiney
                                                                                                  Rich Helman
                                                                   historic photographs;
                                                                                                  Neil Mackay
                                                                   listen to audio files in        Caitlin McQuade
                                                                   Clara Barton’s “voice”         Jane Merritt
                                                                   and by some of her             David Nathanson
                                                                                                  Maureen Oltrogge
                                                                   closest associates; and
                                                                                                  Tom Patterson
                                                                   visit and explore rooms        Anita Smith
                                                                                                  Ronnie Spiewak

                                                                  Dr. Julian Hubbell, Clara
                                                                  Barton’s chief field agent       The National Park Service cares
                                                                  for the American Red Cross,     for special places saved by the
                                                                  introduces the student          American people so that all may
                                                                  activities in this screenshot   experience our heritage.
                                                                  from the “Clara Barton
                                                                  Interactive Experience.”        EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA ™



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                                                                                              Left: A trolley car pauses in front
                                                                                              of the home of Edwin Baltzley,
                                                                                              one of the original Glen Echo
                                                                                              developers, c.1896. (From the
                                                                                              personal collection of Edwin
                                                                                              Baltzley, courtesy of the Richard
                                                                                              A. Cook collection)

                                                                                              Below: In the “Ride the Trolley”
                                                                                              activity, the historic photograph
                                                                                              is used to talk about travel in
                                                                                              the days before paved roads and
                                                                                              automobiles.




and artifacts in the Clara Barton house.       Using
A series of activities would be developed      their Parks
to meet elementary education Standards         as Class-
of Learning for the Montgomery County,         rooms
Maryland, public school system.                grant and
                                               other fund-
One of the most compelling arguments           ing sources,
in the park’s funding request was based        $12,475 was allocated for design and pro-      Interactive Activities
on the international scope of the Red          duction of the interactive Flash program.      Nine activities for grades 2-4 and
                                                                                              grades 5 and up are introduced
Cross story. Because the story of Clara        The balance of the park’s funding was
                                                                                              and narrated in the “voice” of
Barton and the American Red Cross has          allocated for two Montgomery County,           Dr. Julian Hubbell, chief field
such broad international appeal, host-         Maryland teacher stipends. The teachers        agent for the American Red
ing the interactive program on the park’s      would help develop curriculum to meet          Cross under Clara Barton. “Dr.
                                                                                              Hubbell” presents information,
website would provide a very effective          Maryland State Standards of Learning,          photographs, artifacts, and
long-distance learning tool for students       and would also help guide development          documents pertaining to Clara
and general audiences who could not            of the interactive program’s curriculum-       Barton and the American Red
                                                                                              Cross. After each presentation,
physically visit the site. As audiences        based activities.
                                                                                              students may be asked to answer
viewed the offices, supply rooms, and                                                           multiple choice questions, select
living quarters online, they would be          HFC and Clara Barton staff drafted a            and move a series of objects,
experiencing the home and its collections      scope of work for the Flash program,           read one or more historic docu-
                                                                                              ments, or type a letter on behalf
in almost as much detail as “real” visitors    solicited bids from two National Park
                                                                                              of Miss Barton’s American Red
do. The inclusion of audio files, historic      Service Indefinite Delivery - Indefinite         Cross.
photographs, historic documents, and           Quantity (IDIQ) contractors, and award-
interpretive text would further enhance        ed a contract to Somerset Group, a Mul-
the “virtual” visit.                           timedia Planning and Production IDIQ
                                               contractor located in Madison, Alabama.
Funding for the program was approved in        The contract called for a 15-room virtual
2006. In May 2006, the park approached         tour of the Clara Barton house and a
Harpers Ferry Center to provide con-           total of nine activities each for grades 2-4
tracting services for the online program.      and grades 5 and up.

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In April 2007, Clara Barton National         The NPS Project Team                        Selma to Montgomery Inter-
Historic Site and Harpers Ferry Center                                                   active Program Wins Award
                                             Clara Barton National Historic Site:
modified the original contract to add ad-     Ronnie Spiewak, Susan Finta, Joseph         Selma to Montgomery National
ditional audio narration and interactive     Burns, and Kym Elder. Harpers Ferry         Historic Trail’s Never Lose Sight
features to the Flash program, bringing      Center: Delia Garza, David T. Gilbert ,     of Freedom interactive, mixed
                                                                                         media educational DVD was
the contract total to $13,967. The pro-      Michele Hartley, and Beverly Rinaldi-Alt.
                                                                                         named a finalist at the New York
gram is now undergoing final testing and      The Somerset Group: Carol Rives.            Festivals’ Interactive & Alterna-
review. Look for “The Clara Barton Inter-                                                tive Media Awards competi-
active Experience” on the park’s website                                                 tion in April 2007. The double
                                                                                         DVD “edukit” is an innovative
this July at www.nps.gov/clba.
                                                                                         educational/interpretive media
                                                                                         product—the first of its kind
                                                                                         developed and produced by
                                                                                         Harpers Ferry Center. This is also
                                                                                         the first time the National Park
                                                                                         Service has been nominated for
                                                                                         this prestigious international
                                                                                         award.

                                                                                         Never Lose Sight of Freedom
                                                                                         not only chronicles the events of
                                                                                         the Selma to Montgomery Civil
                                                                                         Rights marches of 1965 through
                                                                                         the eyes of its participants, but
                                                                                         attempts to address the mean-
                                                                                         ing of the march today. As HFC
                                                                                         Producer/Director Tim Radford
                                                                                         envisioned it, a team of students
                                                                                         would seek to uncover the story
                                                                                         and legacy of the voting rights
                                                                                         movement, assessing its signifi-
                                                                                         cance from their own perspec-
                                                                                         tives. The focus would be: From
                                                                                         voting rights to human rights—
                                                                                         how is the baton of change
                                                                                         passed to the next generation?
                                                                                         The result is an engaging and
                                                                                         emotional look at the Civil
                                                                                         Rights struggle through the eyes
                                                                                         of contemporary students.

                                                                                         For 50 years, New York Festivals
                                                                                         has recognized The World’s Best
                                                                                         Work™ in advertising, program-
 Interactive Virtual Tour                                                                ming, design, and marketing
 Navigation for the virtual                                                              by honoring creativity and
 tour is based on a 3-D sche-                                                            effectiveness in global commu-
 matic floor plan of the Clara                                                            nication through several annual
 Barton house adopted from                                                               competitions.
 the official park brochure.
                                                                                         The award for Never Lose Sight
 Users can select a floor and
                                                                                         of Freedom recognizes the
 then choose a room to view
                                                                                         work of the entire Harpers Ferry
 and manipulate a panoramic
                                                                                         Center team, which includes Tim
 photograph of that room.
                                                                                         Radford (Producer/Director),
“Hot spots” within each
                                                                                         Chuck Dunkerly (Producer/Edi-
 room provide access to in-
                                                                                         tor), Steve Cannon (Editor/Tech-
 depth information including
                                                                                         nical Specialist), and Lakita
 artifacts, historic photo-
                                                                                         Edwards (Education Specialist).
 graphs, historic documents,
 or even audio quotes in the
“voice” of Clara Barton.



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Yavapai Observation Station Re-Dedicated
New Exhibits Bring Geology of the Grand Canyon to Life

On May 24, 2007, the National Park Service re-dedicated the historic Yavapai Observa-
tion Station—originally called the Yavapai Point Trailside Museum—on the South Rim
of the Grand Canyon. New geology exhibits, consistent with the vision of the build-
ing’s designers to “make the out-of-doors intelligible,” were also unveiled.

The original structure, which was first
dedicated in July 1928, was designed by
architect Herbert C. Maier. The building
was erected on a site selected by a team
of geologists for the express purpose of
observing and understanding Grand Can-
yon geology. Maier, who also designed
Park Service museums at Norris Geyser
Basin in Yellowstone National Park and
at Glacier Point in Yosemite National
Park, designed the Yavapai Point Trailside
Museum to blend into its setting, and
used indigenous Kaibab limestone and
ponderosa pine in its construction.

The rehabilitation of the structure and
the design of the new exhibits was a
Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement            ful geologic processes still at work on the   “We are extremely excit-
Act project, with funding coming directly       canyon today.                                  ed about the renovation
from park entrance fees. The new ex-                                                           of Yavapai Observa-
hibits, consistent with the vision of the       The Yavapai exhibits explain the deposi-       tion Station, along with
building’s original proponents, focus on        tion of the rock layers, the uplift of the     the new exhibits that
the geologic story of the Grand Canyon.         Colorado Plateau, and the carving of the       tell the story of Grand
                                                Grand Canyon. Displays include beauti-         Canyon’s geology. This
Staff at Grand Canyon National Park,             fully crafted artwork, three-dimensional       is but the first step, as we
working closely with exhibit planners           models, powerful photographs, and              continue to forge oppor-
and designers at Harpers Ferry Center           interpretive panels which allow park visi-     tunities for connections
and with exhibit fabrication contrac-           tors to see and understand the complicat-      between our park visi-
tors Chase Studio and Southern Custom           ed geologic story of the Grand Canyon.         tors and the incredible
Exhibits, guided the planning, design, and      Visitors can also view video footage of        Grand Canyon.”
fabrication of the new exhibits. Through        the Colorado River and diverse views
the efforts of this entire team, the new         of the canyon landscape. A computer           Steve Martin
                                                                                              Superintendent
exhibits allow park visitors to experience      animation depicts sea encroachment and        Grand Canyon National Park
and understand the complicated geo-             retreat, showing millions of years of geo-
logic story of the Grand Canyon. Even           logical events in less than thirty seconds.
more importantly, the exhibits serve as a
catalyst for visitors to seek out canyon re-    Learn much more about the new exhibits
sources on their own, and to experience         on the pages that follow.
intellectually and emotionally the power-


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                                                                                              Left: Floorplan for the Yavapai
                                                                                              Observation Station exhibits.
                                                                                              The front room, labeled “Con-
                                                                                              necting with the Landscape,”
                                                                                              focuses on the canyon landscape
                                                                                              visible outside the windows. The
                                                                                              back room, labeled “Immersion
                                                                                              into Grand Canyon Geology,”
                                                                                              provides more in-depth museum-
                                                                                              like exhibits.

                                                                                              Below: These low profile exhibit
                                                                                              panels in the front room along
                                                                                              the north-facing observation
                                                                                              windows convey the variety of
                                                                                              beauty, color, and texture found
                                                                                              in the Grand Canyon. They also
                                                                                              describe the on-going erosional
                                                                                              forces that continue to shape
                                                                                              the canyon features. One of the
                                                                                              panels provides a tactile relief
                                                                                              model depicting Shiva Temple,
                                                                                              Isis Temple, and Cheops Pyramid.
                                                                                              On the far left a continuous-loop
                                                                                              video monitor shows different
                                                                                              perspectives of the canyon. (NPS
                                                                                              Photo by Chris Dearing)




The Exhibit Space                               Some objects and exhibit elements are
The Yavapai Observation Station must            interactive, but low-tech and simplistic in
accommodate as many as 6,000-7,000              design. Videos play on continuous loops
visitors a day in a space that totals just      and are silent.
1,400 square feet. As a result, the exhibit
planners agreed to provide as much open         The front room also includes a topo-
space as possible, and to avoid complex         graphic relief model (see the next page).
interactives that might slow visitor move-
ment through the exhibits.

The original 1930s design of the build-
ing prescribed two distinct experiences:
viewing the canyon from the front room,
and interacting with more museum-like
exhibits in the back room. The new ex-
hibits emulate this original plan.

The front room, labeled “Connecting
with the Landscape” in the floor plan
above, features low profile wayside-type
panels that allow visitors to view the wide,
expansive scenery while helping them
better understand the landscape they
see. Exhibits here emphasize geological
processes visible in the canyon view.

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                                                                                            Above: This highly detailed
                                                                                            topographic relief model of
                                                                                            the Grand Canyon is located in
                                                                                            the front room of the Yavapai
                                                                                            Observation Station.

                                                                                            Far Left: A Computer Numeri-
                                                                                            cally Controlled (CNC) router at
                                                                                            exhibit fabrication contractor
Canyon of Enormous Proportions                 International Mapping provided Digital       Southern Custom Exhibits carves
A large topographic relief model in the        Elevation Model (DEM) data to South-         a high-density foam template
                                                                                            that will be used to create a
front room of the Yavapai Observa-             ern Custom Exhibits for their Computer       mold for the final relief map.
tion Station mimics the canyon view in         Numerically Controlled (CNC) router.         The router uses Digital Elevation
remarkable detail. The map is a dimen-         The router carved a detailed template        Model (DEM) data to create an
                                                                                            extremely accurate template.
sional, tactile model that has true color      into a block of high-density foam. The
and labeling directly applied. Visitors can    foam template was then sent to Chase         Left: An interpretive panel along
quickly gain an eye-opening vantage to         Studio, who specialize in natural history    one edge of the topographic
the three-dimensional nature and scale of      models. Chase Studio created a mold          relief map illustrates and ex-
                                                                                            plains how erosion widened the
the Grand Canyon.                              from the foam template, formed the final
                                                                                            canyon over time.
                                               map in a durable resin, then hand paint-
The map is a product of very close collab-     ed the natural landscape, adding roads,      (NPS Photos by Chris Dearing)
oration between HFC cartographer Tom           trails, park boundaries, etc. These map
Patterson and contractors International        details were traced using a special audio-
Mapping, Southern Custom Exhibits, and         visual system that projected a map image
Chase Studio.                                  onto the surface of the relief model.


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                                                                                           Above: This drawing from the
                                                                                           Final Exhibit Plan shows a series
                                                                                           of interconnected exhibits form-
                                                                                           ing a sweeping arc along the
                                                                                           south and west walls in the rear
                                                                                           room of the Yavapai Observa-
                                                                                           tion Station. They introduce the
                                                                                           three steps of rock formation
                                                                                           and the variety of their associ-
                                                                                           ated rock types; they convey a
                                                                                           sense of the long period of time
Immersion into Geology                        positioned relative to the landscape (the    required to build up the canyon
                                              North Rim model is approximately north       rocks; and they explain forma-
The back room of the Yavapai Observa-
                                                                                           tion of the rocks in the context
tion Station is devoted to “Immersion into    of the South Rim model). Visitors pass       of a dynamic planet with illustra-
Grand Canyon Geology.” These exhibits         between these canyon walls into a series     tions of plate tectonics, climage
are more museum-like, providing visitors      of interconnected exhibits that tell the     changes, and fluctuations in sea
                                                                                           level.
with more comprehensive and in-depth          story of how the rocks were formed, up-
interpretation of the canyon’s geology.       lifted, and then eroded away to create the   Left: Photograph of the same
                                              canyon. Exhibits illustrate the steps of     finished exhibit space. (NPS
The exhibits here are bordered—both           rock formation and rock types, convey a      Photo by Chris Dearing)

physically and thematically—by scale          sense of geologic time, describe the pro-
models of the canyon walls representing       cess of canyon formation, and establish
the North and South rims. The mod-            a connection between formation of the
els are generalized depictions and are        Grand Canyon and the landscape today.


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Canyon Wall Columns                            generalized but highly realistic sections    Below left: Employees of exhibit
                                                                                            fabrication contractors South-
Grand Canyon National Park’s geology           of the North and South rims of the
                                                                                            ern Custom Exhibits and Chase
subject matter expert Carl Bowman and          canyon, paying particular attention to the   Studio carefully guide a canyon
the park team devised the idea of using        slope, color, and texture of the canyon      wall column into the Yavapai
scale model walls of the North and South       walls.                                       Observation Station. (Grand
                                                                                            Canyon National Park Photo)
rims of the Grand Canyon to frame the
Yavapai Observation Station exhibits.          While the north colum has a longer pro-      Below right: Finished model of
These columns provide a dramatic visual        file and shows more and larger springs,       the South Rim canyon wall. (NPS
                                               the south column is shorter and has a        Photo by Chris Dearing)
backdrop for the rear room exhibits,
convey the beauty and variety of land-         steeper profile. Mounted on the cutaway       Bottom: An employee at Chase
scape features in the canyon, distinguish      face of each column is an acrylic digital    Studio carves the North Rim
between the north and south sides of           graphic print that depicts each rock layer   model from laminated layers
                                                                                            of foam. (NPS Photo by Chris
the canyon, illustrate the stratigraphy of     with its name and age.
                                                                                            Dearing)
Grand Canyon rocks, and serve as a prop
for interpreters to use in their talks.

Contractor International Mapping fur-
nished canyon maps, geographic illustra-
tions, and reference 3-D visualizations to
model maker Chase Studio. Chase Studio
in turn used these visual aids to develop




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Retirees
Rich Helman                                      Mountains National Park, Isle Royale             tinued in 1993, The Courier provides a
Wayside exhibit planner Rich Helman has          National Park, Kalaupapa National Histori-       wonderful snapshot of NPS operations,
retired after 30 years with the National         cal Park, New River Gorge National River,        covering a variety of topics on NPS employ-
Park Service. Helman, who graduated from         Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks,         ees, news, operations, and programs.
N.C. State University with a degree in Rec-      and Shenandoah National Park. Of his
reation and Park Administration, came to         many projects, one that stands out in par-       One of Nathanson’s most memorable
the NPS through the Ranger Intake Train-         ticular was Fort Scott National Historic Site,   accomplishments has been “Sunshine and
ing Program in 1973. As part of this one-        Kansas, where a combination of factors in-       Shadows: A catalog of Civil War Unit His-
year training program, Helman spent 12           cluding park staff, interpretive stories, and    tories and Personal Narratives in National
weeks at Albright Training Center in Grand       illustration development resulted in some        Park Service Libraries.” With the assistance
Canyon National Park, four weeks study-          of Helman’s most gratifying work.                of the parks, Nathanson assembled and
ing environmental education at George                                                             published this catalog in 1986 where none
Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin,     One of Helman’s few regrets is that the HFC      had previously existed. NPS Chief Histo-
and six months at Independence National          wayside exhibit planners, designers, and         rian Ed Bearss wrote the introduction for
Historical Park in Philadelphia.                 producers rarely get to see their waysides       it. The catalog evolved from typewritten
                                                 after they’ve been installed at a park. So       pages in a three-ring binder to a desktop
After completing the program, he was             one of his goals during retirement is to         database which today contains over 4,900
assigned as a law enforcement ranger at          travel to many of the national park sites        records and is available as a searchable
Everglades National Park, Florida. Just          where his waysides are located and finally        Web application on the HFC website.
three months later, he was detailed to           see the results of his years of work.
Fort Jefferson—now Dry Tortugas National                                                          During his 32-year tenure at Harpers Ferry
Park—where his duties included a broad           Helman and his wife, Deborah—who was a           Center, Nathanson has managed library
range of park ranger activities includ-          seasonal naturalist at Everglades National       services, archival services, and graphics
ing law enforcement and interpretation.          Park when they met in 1973—will continue         research. He has served as Curator for the
During his two and one-half years at Fort        to live in the northern Shenandoah Valley        National Park Service History Collection, su-
Jefferson, Helman acquired a particular          near Martinsburg, West Virginia. They have       pervised the National Park Service Historic
interest in both cultural history and natural    two grown sons, Tim and Chris.                   Photograph Collection, and served as HFC’s
history, and became a certified diver.                                                             Information Management Coordinator.
                                                 David Nathanson                                  He has served on the National [Museum]
In 1976, Helman left the Park Service to         Harpers Ferry Center librarian David Na-         Catalog Steering Committee, the National
pursue a life-long goal—to hike the entire       thanson has retired after 32 years with the      Park Service Archives Advisory Council, and
Appalachian Trail, which he did in 1977.         National Park Service. Nathanson came to         the NPS Library Advisory Council.
One year later, in 1978, he was back with        HFC in 1974 as the center’s first profession-
the NPS as a seasonal ranger at De Soto          al librarian. During his tenure, the library     Recently, Ann Hitchcock, Chief Curator of
National Memorial in Florida, followed by        collections grew from about 8,000 volumes        the National Park Service, said of Nathan-
seasonal tours at Mount McKinley (Denali)        to over 33,000 catalogued items. Among           son: “I will be forever grateful to you for
National Park, Everglades National Park,         the most notable collections Nathanson           stepping up to provide the first archival
and Wright Brothers National Memorial.           has managed include the papers and               guidance for the servicewide museum
After working at Wright Brothers, Helman         books of Harold L. Peterson, former chief        program in the 1980s. At a crucial moment,
was accepted into the N.C. State graduate        curator of the National Park Service and         you filled a gap that enabled us to start
program in Life Sciences, where he earned        world-renown authority on arms, armor,           down the road to a professional approach
his Masters degree.                              and military science; some of the papers,        to our archival collections on a servicewide
                                                 films, and taped interviews of Horace             basis.”
In 1983, Helman was hired as an inter-           Albright, second director of the National
pretive naturalist at Canaveral National         Park Service; and the Ronald F. Lee Papers,      Nathanson plans to remain in the Freder-
Seashore, where he quickly moved up to           which contain the records of an early chief      ick, Maryland area.
become Chief of Interpretation. In 1986,         historian, regional director, chief of inter-
                                                                                                  Nancy Purinton
he began planning a series of wayside            pretation of the National Park Service, and
                                                                                                  Nancy Purinton has retired from the Na-
exhibits for the park. Through his work on       one of the founders of the National Trust
                                                                                                  tional Park Service after 13 years as paper
this project, Helman met Ray Price, Chief of     for Historic Preservation.
                                                                                                  conservator at Harpers Ferry Center. When
the Division of Wayside Exhibits at Harpers
                                                 Nathanson has also catalogued the records        Nancy arrived at the Center in 1994, she
Ferry Center. Price liked Helman’s work,
                                                 of key programs and events that have             had to re-establish the paper conserva-
and in May 1986, hired him as a wayside
                                                 shaped the National Park Service, includ-        tory laboratory. While here she worked on
exhibit planner.
                                                 ing the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC),       such major projects as the wallpaper in the
At Harpers Ferry Center Helman found a           the Mission 66 program (1955-1966), the          Diplomatic Reception Room at the White
home, and he spent the next (and last)           National Parks Centennial (1972), and the        House, the Fort Stanwix Orderly Book, and
21 years of his career as a wayside exhibit      American Revolution Bicentennial activi-         the exhibit of one of the first printed cop-
planner. During that time, he planned over       ties of the Service. Nathanson’s “Publishing     ies of the Constitution and Amendments
1,000 wayside exhibits for such diverse          History of The Courier” catalog indexes the      for Independence National Historical Park.
parks as Fort Sumter National Monument,          National Park Service employee newsletter        Servicewide, paper collections have ben-
Grand Canyon National Park, Great Smoky          from 1977 until publication was discon-          efited considerably from Nancy’s work.


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