Brisk temperatures and sunny skies greeted National Park Service Director Fran Mainella on February 28th as she arrived at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park for her first formal visit.
Accompanied by National Capital Regional Director Joe Lawler, Mainella began her whirlwind tour of the park. Harpers Ferry was selected for a February visit due to its rich African American history. Superintendent Donald Campbell escorted the director through several park exhibits, where she was able to learn more about the history of the park.
Not standing on ceremony, the director warmly greeted park staff and volunteers with a firm handshake and ready smile saying, ?Hi, I?m Fran.? Whether talking about the U. S. Armory, John Brown, Civil War, Storer College or the Niagara Movement, it was evident the director had done her homework as she discussed particular points of interest relating to African American history.
Following a light lunch and media interviews, the director made a quick stop at the Appalachian Trail Office before touring the historic Harpers Ferry train station restoration and the Bolivar Heights section of the Harpers Ferry Battlefield.
Director Mainella concluded her visit by meeting with all park staff. Following a question and answer session, she expressed her thanks to the men and women of Harpers Ferry for all the work they do to preserve the park?its stories and resources.
?You are the most important resource I have,? she told employees. ?No matter what job you do, your work ensures our visitors have a quality experience, not only for today, but for generations to come. I am very proud of the work you do and thank you for it.?