New Park Superintendent Announced
Contact: Phil Sheridan, 215-597-0865
Philadelphia—National Park Service Northeast Regional Director Dennis R. Reidenbach has named Tina Orcutt superintendent of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland and Hampton National Historic Site in Towson, Maryland. Currently serving as superintendent of Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls and Waterloo, New York, Orcutt will assume her duties in August, 2011. She replaces Gay Vietzke, who recently was named Deputy Regional Director for Park Operations.
"Tina has done an outstanding job in her current position," said Reidenbach, "including working on major preservation projects like the rehabilitation of the Wesleyan Chapel at the park. Her strong background in cultural resources, interpretation and park management, makes her the ideal leader for the home of The Star-Spangled Banner, and to tell the stories of those who owned, and those who were enslaved at Hampton."
"With the coming Bicentennial of the War of 1812, I look forward to telling the stories of those who defended our country and showed we could hold our own even as a young nation," said Orcutt. "Coming from a park that tells of a struggle for human rights, I also look forward to continuing to tell the stories of those at Hampton who did not enjoy the rights guaranteed by our Constitution."
A 23 year veteran of the National Park Service, Orcutt began her career while a student in the NPS Junior Fellowship Program, serving at Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site in Pennsylvania. Subsequent assignments included Colonial National Historical Park, Virginia; Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Louisiana; and Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota, where she served as acting superintendent.
Following a move to Booker T. Washington National Monument, Virginia, where she was chief of interpretation and resources management, she did a detail assignment in the NPS budget office in Washington, D.C. Prior to her assignment at Women’s Rights, she served at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Maryland, as chief of resources management and as acting deputy superintendent.
Orcutt holds a Bachelors Degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and is currently working on a certificate in Legislative Studies from the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University.
Did You Know?
The Ridgelys owned as many as 350 slaves at Hampton who worked in the ironworks, the fields, and the mansion. Some slaves stayed at Hampton even after the Civil War but many ran away.