Spirit Trickey leaves as Chief of Interpretation
Spirit Trickey was selected in October 2012, as the Chief of Interpretation for Klondike Gold Rush NHP’s Seattle Unit. Spirit, had been enthusiastic about working at Klondike Gold Rush NHP, "learning about the people who struggled and triumphed during the gold rush.” In March 2014, Spirit announced her quitting the National Park Service to work on personal projects.
Spirit had begun working in 2002, for the NPS at the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. She later moved from park guide to a interpretive ranger and eventually was named as the acting Chief of Interpretation.
Spirit was awarded the Freeman Tilden award in 2010 for project establishing the park’s Youth Leadership Academy (YLA). The purpose of the YLA is to train young leaders at the historic site and to promote volunteerism, nonviolence, youth empowerment and stewardship for the National Park Service.
Spirit was born Ontario, Canada. She lived in Washington D.C. and later moved to Little Rock, where she lived for about a decade before her move to Seattle to join the team at Klondike Gold Rush. Spirit received a B.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her master’s degree from the Clinton School of Public Service.
Commenting about her career, “I have made meaningful friendships while learning about our interconnected American histories,” she said. “I will miss my park family."
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