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Lucy Lawliss selected as new superintendent of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

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Date: August 19, 2013

National Park Service News Release
RELEASE DATE – August 19, 2013
CONTACT: LOUISE BRENT, 540-371-0802

Philadelphia - Northeast Regional Director Dennis R. Reidenbach has
selected Lucy Lawliss as the next superintendent of Fredericksburg and
Spotsylvania National Military Park (FRSP). Two major Civil War armies clashed
in and around Fredericksburg in four pivotal battles within an 18-month span,
resulting in over 100,000 casualties. With four major battlefields and five historic
structures, the park is one of the largest military parks in the country. Lawliss has
been serving as acting superintendent this summer and will begin the new post
immediately.
“Lucy’s expertise and background made her the perfect fit and right choice for
this position,” said Reidenbach. “She has a combination of resource
management and operational experience that will serve the park well. She excels
at providing compelling public programs so that the public can understand and
embrace preservation of the park’s unique resources and also provides many
ways for visitors to enjoy their national park. Lucy’s thoughtful in her approach to
management and her enthusiasm for the National Park Service mission is
contagious.”
Lawliss has served as the superintendent of George Washington Birthplace
National Historic Site (GEWA) and Thomas Stone National Historic Site (THST)
since June 2008. While at GEWA and THST, Lawliss made significant strides in
expanding interpretation and resource management, extending community
engagement and expanding public access and recreational use of the parks.
She also serves as the chair of the Northeast Region’s Cultural Resource
Advisory Group.
"I could not be any more excited about this opportunity. Forty years ago this
month, I came to Fredericksburg--sight unseen--to start my freshman year of
college at Mary Washington College,” shared Lawliss. “I came because I loved
history and the places that tell those stories. I have vivid memories of my first
encounters with Sunken Road, Marye's Heights, Kenmore and Mary
Washington's House and the like. I can't wait to work with the park staff, our
partners and the communities of Spotsylvania, Stafford, Orange and Caroline
Counties to share all of the history contained in this amazing military park.”
Prior to her post at GEWA and THST, Lawliss served as the resource manager
for Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park. She has
also been the national program manager for Park Cultural Landscapes Program,
and the lead for the Southeast Region’s Cultural Landscape Program. She is a
registered landscape architect and worked in the private sector from 1979 to
1991 when she joined the NPS.
Lawliss attended Mary Washington College for two years and then transferred to
the University of Georgia where she obtained her bachelor’s degree, a master’s
degree in Landscape Architecture and a master’s certificate in Historic
Preservation.

Did You Know?

Confederate artillerists on Marye's Heights

Marye's Heights is what Civil War soldiers called the high ground immediately west of Fredericksburg. It would be more accurate to call it Willis Heights. The heights consisted of two hills where the Willis and Marye families lived prior to the war. Willis Hill is the larger of the two hills.