Issue 8: Summer 2001 page 1
The Superintendent's Letter: Holding the High Ground
My job as superintendent allows and requires me to visit other units of the National Park System. I marvel at the beauty of the natural sites and the depth of the history of the cultural sites, and I appreciate the dedication of the men and women of the National Park Service. I am always proud to come home and compare our staff favorably with any other. Not a week goes by that I do not receive a letter or a call remarking on the excellence of the park employees and our volunteers here in Richmond, Virginia. I do know a secret of the front-line employees; that is that their jobs are some of the personally most rewarding in the National Park Service. When I have a chance to be at the front desk or on a battlefield talking with the visitors, I have some of my best days, too! The visitors to the Richmond National Battlefield Park and the Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site bring a great level of enthusiasm, if not knowledge as well to the parks. Visitors have come in good numbers to the special battlefield evening walks and talks, to book-signing lectures at Tredegar, to Maggie Walker celebrations, and to our daily regular visiting hours. We hope that we are being good stewards of your resources and providing for your enjoyment of them now and forever. I thank our volunteers who give of their time and expertise cheerfully and generously. And, I thank our employees, both front-line and behind the scenes, who reliably and expertly devote their career to the National Park Service.
Did You Know?
Phoebe Yates Pember worked at Chimborazo Hospital as a matron, caring for the sick and wounded. Her memoirs, A Southern Woman’s Story are still in print and are considered to be among the finest pieces of Civil War literature.