Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!
Today, in 2012, over 15,000 students, teachers, and chaperones have participated in the School House Ridge Program. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park continues to work with Jefferson Country curriculum coordinators and fifth grade teachers to constantly improve this program so that generations of local students can appreciate and engage with their very own Civil War soldier and freedom stories. Read more
Since 2007, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park has partnered with the local community, specifically Harpers Ferry Middle School and Harpers Ferry Family Medicine, to promote healthy activity in the form of hikes in the national park. In the first year of this program alone, 700 students, teachers, and family members hiked over 3000 miles. Read more
By 2012, Harpers Ferry's social media team is overseeing an active Facebook page, re-strategizing the park's Twitter feed, is developing a plan for Flickr, and is utilizing YouTube for sharing youth-created interpretive videos. The park's website is also being reorganized and will be launching new content in the upcoming year. Read more
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park recruited and hired 35 youth in the summer of 2012. The Youth Conservation Corps, the Youth Partnership Program, and the Youth Intern Program are ways Harpers Ferry employs youth in the park. Through these programs, youth employees work in living history, education, visitor services, and maintenance. These employees learn from permanent staff about the history of the park and how the park operates. Read more
Did You Know?
Robert Harper operated a ferry across the Potomac River in 1747. His heirs, the Wagers, maintained the operation until 1824 when a bridge was built across the Potomac.