Blurring the Boundaries of Public Lands

Blurring the Boundaries of Public Lands

Time: Monday, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Location: Regency C (2nd Floor)

Presented by:

Amanda Clark, Community Tours Manager, Missouri Historical Society

Theresa Coble, E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Experiential and Family Education, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Liz Forrestal, Senior Director of Programs, Jefferson National Parks Association

Vivian Gibson, St. Louis Author and Memoirist

David Grove, President/CEO, Jefferson National Parks Association

Tom Medema, Associate Director for Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers, National Park Service

Tom Mullin, Vice President for Administration, National Association for Interpretation

Pam Sanfilippo, Program Manager of Museum Services and Interpretation, Gateway Arch National Park

Aaron Williams, Board Chairman, 4theVille

Let’s extend the definition of public lands beyond their physical boundaries. In this way, they can help illuminate the previously-veiled historical complexity of their communities. If visitors are equipped to “read” the landscape, they can discover little-known layers of human history and the overlooked people and cultures involved.

This case study demonstrates how one national park collaborates with local partners to advance an inclusive understanding of the forgotten communities upon which its story is built.