2016 marked the 100th birthday of America’s National Park Service. For those of us here at the Northeast Museum Services Center (NMSC), it’s been a productive and fulfilling year. Once again, we were privileged to work on a variety of projects at national parks across the Northeast Region. We worked hands-on with some amazing historic structures and objects during the cleaning and reinstallation of the Wayside at Minute Man National Historical Park and the reinstallation of Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site. We processed archival and archeological collections from several sites, including Women’s Rights National Historical Park and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. We assisted Northeast Region parks like Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site with developing planning documents that will help them to manage their museum collections. And we worked with parks and their partners to create beautiful and educational exhibits, like Bierstadt: Nature and National Identity, which ran from June through September at the New Bedford Art Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
As 2016 draws to a close, we are honored to share with you some of our favorite memories and proudest accomplishments from this year. Some of the photos featured here depict our staff and projects we’ve worked on this past year. Others depict some of the major achievements of our friends and colleagues at various national parks in the Northeast Region. (For more information, scroll to the bottom of this post.) It’s been a great year for the National Park Service, the Northeast Region, and NMSC, and we look forward to the challenges, opportunities, and rewards of 2017!
For more information on these projects and parks, see the following links:
- For more information on the reinstallation of the Wayside at Minute Man National Historical Park, see NMSC’s blog post, Housekeeping Ain’t No Joke
- For more information on the prehistoric ceramics from Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, see NMSC’s blog post, Prehistoric Pottery at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
- Read NMSC’s blog post about the museum collection at Fort Stanwix National Monument, The History of Fort Stanwix in 10 Objects
- For more information about the Bierstadt exhibit, read NMSC’s blog post, Nature and National Identify: Bierstadt Comes to New Bedford!
- Read NMSC’s blog post based on one the papers presented at the 2016 SHA conference, Scratch-Blue at Petersburg, Part 2: The Scottish Connection
- Read NMSC’s blog post about their experience with the UAC, Youth in Archeology: Our Past, Present, and Future
- Information about the Schuylkill River exhibit and others at Valley Forge National Historical Park can be found on the park’s website
- Information about the Standing Lincoln at Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park can be found on the park’s website
- The exhibit “The Capital Region in 50 Objects” was created by the Albany Institute of History and Art. See the Institute’s website for more information on the exhibit.
- Be sure to check out Frederick Law Olmsted National National Historic Site’s digitized collections
- For more information about the other parks highlighted in this post, please visit their websites: Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Independence National Historical Park, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Thomas Edison National Historical Park, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Gettysburg National Military Park, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, Lowell National Historical Park, and Richmond National Battlefield Park
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