Michael Creasey will oversee the national park collaborative that includes Boston National Historical Park, Boston African American National Historic Site and the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. Creasey is currently the superintendent of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and the executive director of the National Park Service Stewardship Institute in Woodstock, Vermont and oversees the management of Saint Gaudens National Historic Site in New Hampshire. He will assume his new post in late May.
"Michael's portfolio brings a depth of experience in collaborative park management and working in partnerships. His background reflects the leadership qualities that are needed to work in dynamic urban environments," said Caldwell. "His recent work at the Stewardship Institute, a nationally recognized group that engages the National Park Service (NPS) and its partners on sharing leading edge practices to advance the NPS mission, was instrumental in developing the NPS Urban Agenda –a bold strategy that positions the NPS to become more relevant to all Americans. As the NPS enters its Centennial year in 2016, Michael's skill sets will be critical in making Boston one of the premier urban national parks centers in the nation and a testament to how the NPS can work in collaboration with stakeholders at all levels to enhance one of America's great cities."
Creasey stated, "It is an exceptional time to be in Boston and I am looking forward to meeting and working alongside the dedicated park staff and partners, and being a part of Boston's future."
Over the span of three decades, Creasey has blended his background in planning, public lands management and academia to serve in a variety of positions for the NPS. He was the superintendent of Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts from 2005-2012, a national model for historic preservation and heritage development in an urban setting. During his tenure at Lowell, he attended Harvard University Graduate School of Design as a Loeb Fellow where he concentrated on leadership, urban planning and public policy.
Other positions that Creasey held include the acting commissioner for the National Parks of New York Harbor, overseeing ten national parks within the metro region of New York City and New Jersey;for a decade Creasey was the executive director of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in Rhode Island and Massachusetts where he served a 19-member commission that oversaw the management of an area spanning two-states and 24 cities and towns - a partnership aimed at environmental restoration, heritage preservation and economic development;served as project manager with the NPS Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program developing a bi-national conservation plan along the lower Rio Grande River in Texas and Mexico;and as a park planner with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office in Philadelphia.
Boston African American National Historic Site
On October 21st, 2014, the Beacon Hill Scholars and Boston African American NHS once again celebrated the March of Women's Courage. This annual event honors the brave members of the Boston Female-Antislavery Society who walked arm in arm through a crowd of belligerent anti-abolitionists to hold their meeting in 1835. This year's guest speaker was Boston African American NHS Park Ranger Sentidra Joseph who discussed this historic event and what it means to us today.
On October 1st, 2014, Boston National Historical Park marked its 40th anniversary with a celebration and cake at the Faneuil Hall Visitor Center in downtown Boston. Park staff, partners and the public turned out for this event which featured brief remarks from Superintendent Cassius Cash and all of the partner sites along the Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail. Pictured are staff from Boston NHP and Boston African American National Historic Site.
BOAF Moves to New Office Space in Downtown Boston
Writers, Reformers and Radicals Tour a Success
On September 8th, the Boston African American National Historic Site and the Longfellow National Historic Site joined forces to offer two walking tours entitled Longfellow's Beacon Hill: Writers, Reformers, and Radicals. Sentidra Joseph from Boston African American and Rob Velello from Longfellow created this program which focused on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's circle of friends that lived on the Hill. Over forty people attended the two programs, and plans are being made to offer this program again in the near future.
Vandalism at the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial
On July 31, 2012, a female suspect identified as Rosemine Occean, 38, was observed by BOAF interpretive rangers throwing yellow paint on the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial across from the Massachusetts State House on the Black Heritage Trail. Three bystanders were also splattered with paint. NPS LE Rangers Chris O'Shea, Dylan McDonald, and Harvey Simon responded along with a Massachusetts State Police Trooper and several Boston Police units. The suspect admitted to throwing the paint and was arrested by Boston Police.Conservators hired by the Friends of the Boston Common and Public Garden will begin cleanup tomorrow and the work is expected to take about a week to complete. Tours of the Black Heritage Trail® will continue to be held as scheduled.
The Boston African American National Historic Site Co-Sponsors Communal Reading of Frederick Douglass Speech
On July 2, 2012, the Boston African American National Historic Site was proud to co-sponsor a communal reading of Frederick Douglass' Speech, "The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro." This event brought people from all over the region together to read, listen to and follow along with one of Frederick Douglass' most famous speeches. For more information about this program, please visit Mass Humanities. To see pictures from the event, please visit our Photos and Multimedia page.
Rangers from Boston African American National Historic Site Celebrate the Annual Bunker Hill Day Parade in Charlestown
On June 10, 2012, Rangers from the Boston African American National Historic Site took part in the Annual Bunker Hill Day Parade in Charlestown, MA. This parade takes place every year to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill, one of the first major engagements of the American Revolution, which took place 237 years ago. Sailors from the USS Constitution led some fifteen hundred participants, including Revolutionary and Civil War Re-enactors, as well as Rangers from Boston National Historic Park and Boston African American National Historic Site. Rangers Sentidra Joseph and Wayne McCray marched in the parade to represent the Site and interact with the community. Please visit our Photos and Multimedia page to see more pictures from the parade.
Boston National Historic Park
Opening of the new Faneuil Hall Visitor Center!
On May 25, 2012, Boston National Historic Park and the Boston African American National Historic Site were proud to open the new National Park Visitor Center at Faneuil Hall. The new facility is home to new exhibits, an audio-visual orientation program and a bookstore. The new visitor center will serve as a starting point for the Freedom Trail tours, as well as for the new tour by the Boston African American National Historic Site, Freedom's Trial: Civil Rights to Civil War. Park visitors will have the opportunity to go on ranger guided tours or to use the Park's new smart phone and iPad applications to design their own walking tours of Boston's major historic sites. U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano all spoke to visitor's at the opening.
Read the Associated Press story here.
Erik Jacobs for The Boston Globe
Blazing the other freedom trail
On May 14, 2012, the Boston Globe did a profile on Park Superintendent Cassius Cash, which highlighted his work with the Boston African American National Historic Site. The article discusses his work with the Black Heritage Trail® and his efforts to elevate its profile.
Read the Boston Globe story here.
Men of Color to Arms presented in Stoughton
As part of their commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Stoughton Public Library hosted Boston African American National Historic Site's newest outreach program "Men of Color To Arms!: The Story of the 54th Regiment." Over eighty people attended this event which was led by Ranger Ryan McNabb, 54th Company A President Emmett Bell-Sykes, and Colonel Dave Hencke of the present day 54th National Guard.