Park Ranger Speaker Series

The Interior Library is proud to present a series of programs on the background and history of sites of interest in the Washington, D.C. region, as well as subjects highlighting the history of the United States. The forty-five-minute programs, presented by National Park Service Rangers, are held in the Stewart L. Udall Department of the Interior Building.

To register for a future Park Ranger Speaker Series program, please use our contact form. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Interior Library by phone at (202) 208-5815.

Webinar recordings of recently completed Interior Library programs are available upon request. Please contact the Interior Library by phone at (202) 208-5815 or via the Library's Questions and Comments form for more information.
 


Upcoming Programs

Moving Forward Together at Arlington House: Lessons Learned
Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Arlington House/The Robert E. Lee Memorial used to disregard the nearly 200 people enslaved at the Arlington Plantation, deify Lee, and ignore enslavement as the cause of the Civil War. How did the site correct its storytelling, commit to non-negotiable facts and language, and, most importantly, build and earn trust with descendants of people enslaved at Arlington House? Explore Arlington House's transformation with Steve Hammond, seventh generation Syphax descendant, and Cassie Anderson, supervisory Park Ranger, as they discuss the site's ongoing journey toward justice, what’s been learned so far, and what could be done differently next time.

Please note: This program is only being offered as a simultaneous online webinar. Please contact the Library to obtain webinar information for this program.
 


The Big Thicket National Preserve
Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Big Thicket National Preserve became the country’s first national preserve when it was established in 1974. Located in southeast Texas and made up of nine land units and six waterways covering over 113,000 acres, a lot of what is done today in the park is directly connected to its history. From its beginning as a place of literal escape, to the first indigenous and Anglo settlers, through the rapacious years of the lumber and oil industries and subsequent recovery, the preserve has seen, and continues to see, a lot of change. Join Park Ranger Heidi Dietze as she explores the complicated history of the Big Thicket, its people and industry, and its current role in conservation.

Please note: This program is only being offered as a simultaneous online webinar. Please contact the Library to obtain webinar information for this program.

 

Updated January 2023

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