This article uses Catoctin Mountain Park as a case study to chart the evolution of social policy on a national park landscape. It places these changes in the larger context of economic, social, and land use policies throughout the twentieth century. These policies and programs often created complicated relationships between the park and certain groups. It is essential for the National Park Service to understand these complexities in order for it to be a good steward of the agency’s own history and provide new opportunities for visitor engagement.
Tracing a Lineage of Social Reform Programs at Catoctin Mountain Park
Angela Sirna recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Middle Tennessee State University, during which time she completed an administrative history for Stones River National Battlefield. She received her PhD in 2015 from Middle Tennessee State University. Her dissertation, “Recreating Appalachia: Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, 1922–1972,” examines the creation and subsequent development of the park. Her interests in national parks and cultural landscapes stems from her professional work as a cultural resource specialist for the National Park Service at C&O Canal National Historical Park and Catoctin Mountain Park. Research for this article is from her year as a public historian in residence at Catoctin Mountain Park in 2013–14.
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Angela Sirna; Tracing a Lineage of Social Reform Programs at Catoctin Mountain Park. The Public Historian 1 November 2016; 38 (4): 167–189. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2016.38.4.167
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