Steamtown National Historic Site to Host Naturalization Ceremony During Citizenship Week
Contact: Mark Brennan, 570-340-5244
Scranton, Pa.- Twenty candidates will become new citizens during a ceremony at Steamtown National Historic Site at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 17, 2010. This is one of more than 20 naturalization ceremonies taking place in national parks during Citizenship Week under a partnership between the National Park Service and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The theme is "Embrace Citizenship – Experience America through your National Parks."
Superintendent Kip Hagen stated "we are truly honored and humbled to host this Naturalization ceremony here at Steamtown NHS, fully understanding the critical role steam railroads played in the immigration of people to northeast Pennsylvania.
Keynote speaker will be Mr. Daniel Perry, Chief Operating Officer at the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority. Mr. Perry a noted author and historian has worked extensively in the field of public interpretation and heritage tourism. A former Officer in the Marine Corp, he is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University.
"I can't think of places more appropriate to welcome a new generation of American citizens than national parks," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "These parks, which are owned by all Americans, are not only places of stunning natural beauty and abundant wildlife, but across this country the nearly 400 national parks preserve our nation's fascinating history and protect our rich cultural heritage. From the Aztec Ruins National Monument in New Mexico to Ellis Island in New York City, national parks ensure our nation's artifacts and records are protected for generations to come."
The National Park Service and USCIS recently renewed a formal partnership to enhance citizenship ceremonies by holding them in national parks throughout the country. The agreement helps introduce new citizens to some of the nation's most significant natural resources and cultural heritage sites. These historic and picturesque sites provide an ideal backdrop for citizenship ceremonies, where new citizens can learn about and reflect on American identity and the responsibilities of citizenship.
"Each year we recognize Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution and to reflect on what it means to be a citizen of this nation," said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. "While we continue to be enriched by our cultural and ethnic diversity, we remain united in our respect for the Constitution and to the foundational rights and responsibilities it represents."
Located in downtown Scranton, Steamtown National Historic Site is open daily 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. From I-81, follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); continue on Spruce Street and then follow the signs to the Park entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. Additional details regarding interpretive and educational programs and activities may be obtained by calling (570) 340-5200 or toll free (888) 693-9391 during business hours, or by visiting the Steamtown NHS web site anytime at www.nps.gov/stea.
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