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“Critical Conversations: The State of History in the National Park Service”

Join the University of Massachusetts Boston History Department and Boston National Historical Park for an afternoon of roundtable discussions.

At “Critical Conversations,” NPS interpreters, historians, curators, and their colleagues will reflect on the Organization of American Historians' 2012 report, Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service, which critically examines the state of history in the National Parks.  They will discuss the report, debate its implications, and brainstorm ways to meet identified challenges.


1 p.m. 1:15 p.m. Welcome
James Green, History Department, UMass Boston; Cassius Cash, Boston National Historical Park; Jane Becker, History Department, UMass Boston
1:15 p.m. 2:45 p.m. Session 1: The Divide
Frank Barrows, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park; Christopher Gwinn, Gettysburg National Military Park; Louis Hutchins, formerly Northeast Region, NPS; Lu Ann Jones, Park History Program, NPS; Barbara Pollarine, Northeast Region, NPS
2:45 p.m. 3 p.m. Break
3 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Session 2: Fixed and Fearful Interpretation
Christine Arato, NPS War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration; Rolf Diamant, formerly Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park; Eric Hanson-Plass, Boston National Historical Park; Antoinette Jackson, Ethnography Program, Southeast Region, NPS; Kerry Olson, Lowell National Historical Park
4:30 p.m. 4:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Marty Blatt, Boston National Historical Park

4:45 p.m. 6 p.m. Reception

Free parking for this event is available courtesy of the JFK Library and Museum. Please park at the far end of their lot, nearest to the Massachusetts State Archives building. JFK Library will not be responsible for your vehicle. Parking on the UMass Boston campus costs $6. The Massachusetts State Archives is also accessible via public transportation.


Contact Jane Becker, History Department, UMass Boston at

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit two weeks prior to the event.

Event Cost: Free