- GETTING READY FOR 2016:
A Call to Action
- Action Item:
- Go Digital
- Year Accomplished:
Mindful of the thousands of web users who are planning a park visit and of the millions more who are virtual visitors to NPS websites, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve continued to enhance its website for users far and near. People responded: nearly 80,000 unique users visited Jean Lafitte's website in the first nine months of the fiscal year, making it the park's third most popular "visitor center."
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the declaration of the War of 1812, rangers and volunteer reenactors at Chalmette Battlefield, site of the Battle of New Orleans, created a day of programs in mid-June. One of the most popular activities was voting on whether to declare war of Great Britain. Using the interactive "Cast Your Vote!" web program from Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, battlefield visitors were able to consider arguments for and against the war and have their voices heard in this historic debate.
Jean Lafitte's digital media team has spent nearly a year planning for a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube and will be making digital friends beginning on National Park Service Founders Day, August 25. The team also led park participation in the "Picture Yourself in a National Park" NPS Youtube project during National Park Week in April; Jean Lafitte created a trilingual (English, Spanish, and Cajun French) video.
The park website encourages schools and other groups to share their park experiences by links from the Community Creations page at https://www.nps.gov/jela/forteachers/community-creations.htm. The Investigators in Action page follows the work of park researchers at https://www.nps.gov/jela/photosmultimedia/investigators-in-action.htm. Recognizing Our Roots at https://www.nps.gov/jela/recognizing-our-roots.htm links to wikis created by the high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets who portray Battle of New Orleans troops and civilians each year at the battle's anniversary event.