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News & Current Information on Jamestown 2007

Dr. Heather Huyck to Lead Jamestown 2007 Celebration

Washington, D.C., January 14-Today the Director of the National Park Service (NPS) Robert Stanton announced the appointment of Dr. Heather Huyck as the NPS Project Director of the Jamestown 400th commemoration. Dr. Huyck will assume the new assignment as special assistant to the Deputy Director and open a new NPS office at Jamestown on January 24.

Dr. Huyck will have the national responsibility for the development and implementation of the planning and programs for the 2007 celebration, marking the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English colony in the New World, and the beginnings of this American nation. "I am very pleased to announce Dr. Huyck's appointment. Clearly the world will be recognizing the prominence of
Jamestown 2007. The National Park Service must ensure that our nation is ready. Dr. Huyck has the capability to get the job done right," Stanton said.

Northeast Regional Director Marie Rust who has been a key advocate for establishing this new national post said, "She has done an excellent job getting the National Park Service into performance management and the implementation of the Government Performance and Results Act. She can now use her talents as a planner, historian and manager to make the 2007 event as impressive as the 1957 one was 50 years ago." Rust emphasized that Huyck will be working very closely with Colonial National Historical Park, with the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and all the other key partners. "This complex project has great potential, both for the park and for the National Park Service. We need to bring the 17th century and the 21st century together. This is our opportunity to share the legacy of Jamestown--its story and resources with the American people and the world. I know she will do a good job further enhancing Colonial National Historical Park."

Dr. Huyck said that she was very much looking forward to returning to Virginia where she began her NPS career in 1971 as a seasonal at George Washington's Birthplace, to the colonial history she so loves and to the challenge of contributing to the preservation and presentation of the irreplaceable resources at Jamestown Island. "Jamestown's 400th anniversary should be commemorated in ways that recognize its significance and appeal to all people. As in the1957 celebration, we should leave a lasting legacy for future generations as well as a vivid one for the present."

Dr. Huyck has a BA from Carleton College and a MA in Cultural Anthropology and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Minnesota. She secured her first permanent NPS assignment at Clara Barton NHS in 1978 and subsequently served as an Interpretive Specialist in the Washington Office, and as the Chief of Resource Management at National Capital Parks-Central. In 1985 she won the American Historical Association's Congressional Fellowship and became a Congressional staff member for the House Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands in 1987 before returning to the NPS in January 1994 as Chief, Washington Office of Strategic Planning. She has visited 266 units of the National Park System.

The National Park Service is the nation's leading conservation organization, preserving the natural and cultural resources of the nearly 400 units of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.


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