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Toni Dufficy Joins Gettysburg Staff as Chief of Interpretation

Toni Dufficy
Toni Dufficy

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News Release Date: August 12, 2013
Contact: Katie Lawhon, (717) 334-1124, ext. 3121

Toni Dufficy has been selected as the new Chief of Interpretation at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. Dufficy has served as the Chief of Interpretive Planning at the National Park Service’s Harpers Ferry Center since April 2005. She will begin her duties on September 9.

The park’s new Chief of Interpretation position oversees the interpretive, educational and visitor service activities at both Gettysburg and Eisenhower parks, including planning, operations, and evaluation, selection and training of personnel and coordinates with park partner organizations in providing Interpretation and Visitor Services to the public.

Prior to Harpers Ferry Center, Dufficy served in interpretation and education positions at a variety of parks for the past 28 years including Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Unit), Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Toni also was the first space ranger assigned to work with NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center.

“I am very excited to begin work as the Chief of Interpretation at Gettysburg and Eisenhower Farm," Dufficy said.  "My family has visited here many times since I was a young child, and I am now delighted to have the opportunity to work with partners and staff to help others discover the powerful stories within these two very special places.”

“Toni Dufficy is great choice for this newly redefined position,” said park superintendent Bob Kirby. “She has the depth and breadth of experience necessary to handle the scope and complexity of this very important job. She’s an energetic problem-solver with excellent people skills. Through continuing scholarship, Toni will ensure high quality interpretive programs are relevant and accessible to both traditional and new audiences.”

Dufficy is a native Marylander and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Outdoor Recreation and Interpretation from the University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Earth Science Education from Mississippi State University. Living with her husband and pets on the family farm near Brunswick, Maryland, Dufficy currently enjoys traveling, Irish set dancing, and researching her family history including a great uncle who served in the US Army at Gettysburg and her grandfather’s World War II US Army service in Europe.

Gettysburg National Military Park is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves and protects the resources associated with the battle of Gettysburg and the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and provides an understanding of the events that occurred there within the context of American History. Information is available at www.nps.gov/gett.

Eisenhower National Historic Site is the home and farm of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg battlefield, the farm served the President as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders. To learn more about how to visit go to: www.nps.gov/eise.

Did You Know?

The Leister House in 1863. (Library of Congress)

The tiny home of widow Lydia Leister was used by Union General George G. Meade for his headquarters during the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.