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Contact: Debbie Dortch, 717-338-4465As Cultural Resource Program Manager for Gettysburg National Military Park, Winona Peterson’s work is filled with passion and personal commitment to ensuring the park’s cultural resources are preserved for today’s visitors and visitors in generations to come.
Such expertise and professional commitment is exceptional, and has earned Peterson the National Park Service’s fiscal year 2016 Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award for the Northeast Region. The awards were established in 1970 to recognize National Park Service employees who excel in the field of cultural resource stewardship and management. The awards are named for three distinguished former employees.
Among Peterson’s accomplishments are implementing the recommendations in the Little Round Top Cultural Landscape Report (CLR), advancing the Gettysburg Cemetery CLR, developing a methodology for the Battlefield Rehabilitation Record of Treatment to document more than a decade of restoration work, developing a fire management strategy to protect archeological resources, and collaborating on a trail management strategy.
“This is quite an honor,” Peterson said. “I’m especially grateful to be recognized by my peers. It means so much to know they see what I do has impact.”
Peterson added, “This award comes with even greater significance in that it also points to the team supporting me from the Olmsted Center, the Northeast Region's Historic Architecture and Archaeology programs, as well as colleagues in Planning and Compliance. They give me the resources, expertise, and encouragement to make the best choices for our park.”
“Through her efforts, the park was well positioned to highlight numerous cultural resource accomplishments in the National Park Service Centennial year (2016), as well as document the remarkable restoration work accomplished in conjunction with the park’s 150th anniversary,” said park Superintendent Ed Clark. “We’re tremendously proud of Winona.”
“In her work, Peterson has expertly advanced cultural resource documentation and management strategies for Gettysburg National Military Park, and advanced cultural resource methodologies that will benefit other parks, too,” said National Park Service Acting Northeast Regional Director Joshua Laird.
Peterson will compete with other National Park Service regional winners for the national Directors’ Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award.
"These individuals and their accomplishments illustrate the skill, expertise, innovation, and passion that elevate the Northeast Region as a recognized national leader in cultural resource stewardship and management," said NPS Northeast Regional Chief of Cultural Resources Shaun Eyring.
Gettysburg National Military Park preserves, protects and interprets for this and future generations the resources associated with the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, during the American Civil War, the Soldier's National Cemetery, and their commemorations. Learn more at www.nps.gov/gett.