Please note – this talk has been rescheduled from Thursday, November 3 to Wednesday, November 2. Our apologies for any inconvenience!
From small urban parks to great expanses of wilderness, America’s national parks have been called the best idea we’ve ever had. This year their chief steward, the National Park Service, turns 100. Join us for a discussion of how the Park Service grew from a small office in 1916 into today’s force for preserving natural and cultural heritage. Our speaker, Ms. Joy Beasley, is the National Park Service’s Deputy Associate Director for Cultural Resources, Partnerships, and Science across the country, the agency’s designated Federal Preservation Officer, and luckily for us is also a Baltimorean.
With 307 million visitors last year at 413 sites across the country, the Park Service has its hands full. From historic battlefields to ocean shorelines, from natural landscapes to heritage monuments, Ms. Beasley and her office help make sure that the parks’ archaeological sites, museum collections, historic structures, cultural landscapes, and national heritage areas are preserved and protected. In her talk, Ms. Beasley will share with us how the Park Service in this centennial year is not only reflecting on its accomplishments, but also setting a course of action to strengthen the parks as an integral part of America for the next 100 years to come. In particular, she will share how the Park Service is developing plans to expand its protective mission while reaching new audiences, strengthening community connections, and fostering economic activity.
We hope you can join us and Ms. Beasley on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 pm for the talk, with a wine and cheese reception following. Our host is the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, a historic treasure of its own. Built in 1818 and designed by noted architect Maximilian Godefroy (who also designed Baltimore’s Battle Monument on Calvert Street), the church is the oldest Unitarian building still being used in the country.