• Artist rendering of Pioneer Square during Klondike Gold Rush

    Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit

    National Historical Park Washington

Spirit Trickey new Chief of Interpretation

Spirit Trickey at Little Rock High School

Spirit Trickey with group at Little Rock High School

NPS Photo

October 19, 2012

Spirit Trickey has been selected as the new chief of interpretation for Klondike Gold Rush NHP’s Seattle Unit.

Spirit began working for the NPS as a Park Guide in 2002 and later was an Interpretive Ranger and then acting Chief of Interpretation at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site in Little Rock, Arkansas. While there, she served as public information officer, media specialist, interpreter, volunteer and special events coordinator, community outreach lead, guest lecturer, author, and liaison for local, national and international media.

Spirit was awarded the Freeman Tilden award in 2010 for 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 is the playwright of “One Ninth,” an exploration of human dignity and racial conflict as seen through the eyes of Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the Little Rock Nine who desegregated Little Rock Central High School in 1957, who is Spirit’s mother. The Arkansas Repertory Theatre selected “One Ninth” for the playwright development program for emerging African American and Latino playwrights, “Voices at the River.” The theater also sponsored a statewide residency tour of “One Ninth” across the state of Arkansas. Over 15,000 students and members of the community were engaged with the play through interactive workshops, performances and community discussions.

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. Her international public service project at the Clinton School was with the South African education and environment project in Cape Town, South Africa.

The ten years at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site had been especially important to her because of her personal connection to the story.

“I have made meaningful friendships while learning about our interconnected American histories,” she said. “I will miss my park family, but I am enthusiastic about the next chapter in my National Park Service career, to have the opportunity to begin a new experience to learn about the people who struggled and triumphed during the gold rush.”

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