National Heritage Areas Podcast Season 3 (2019)

National Heritage Areas Podcast with National Park Service logo

The National Heritage Areas Podcast returns in 2019 with a third season. Discover how National Heritage Areas (NHAs) tell all Americans' stories through programs, events, exhibits, and more. In each episode, NHA Communications Coordinator (Northeast Region) Jules Long speaks with a different NHA across the country to learn about a lesser-known story and why it's important for everyone to remember that history. NHA Northeast Region Program Manager Peter Samuel adds his own insights into the role of NHAs.

Stream, download, or read the transcripts of Season 3 episodes of the NHA Podcast below.

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Episode 3.0 - Recap and Introduction to Season 3

Episode 3.1 - Black Soldiers in the American Revolution

African American man in Revolutionary War uniform
Daryian in Continental Army uniform at the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, New Jersey.

NPS / Jules Long

Jules visits the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area in New Jersey to learn about black soldiers in the American Revolutionary War. She speaks with Daryian Kelton, a historical reenactor and educator at the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, who explains the role black soldiers played on both the American and British sides during the war.

Daryian tells the story of Colonel Tye, a formerly enslaved man who became the leader of the “Black Brigade,” a band of men who raided the countryside of New Jersey on behalf of British Loyalist forces. Daryian describes his experiences roleplaying historical figures such as Colonel Tye for educational programs with local school groups.

Jules also sits down with Janice Selinger, Executive Director of Crossroads of the American Revolution NHA, to hear about some of the programs that the NHA has helped to develop. These include programs for the 250th Anniversary of the American Revolution, the Revolutionary Neighbors program, and a project to bring local students to the Old Barracks Museum to learn about the history that happened in their own backyard.

Episode 3.2 - Watch Night (Freedom's Eve) in Gullah Geechee Communities

Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters at Watch Night event at Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston, SC, 2018
Performers from the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters and guests at a Watch Night service hosted organize by the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, Morris Brown AME Church, and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor / Herb Frazier

In Episode 3.2, Jules speaks with Heather Hodges, Executive Director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, about efforts in the Corridor to support and revive Gullah Geechee Watch Night traditions.

Spanning 425 miles of coastline and sea islands from North Carolina to Florida, the Corridor's mission is to support and celebrate the culture and history of the Gullah Geechee people, who are descended from enslaved peoples from West and Central Africa. One of those traditions is Watch Night, also known as Freedom's Eve. In the midst of the Civil War, people gathered together in churches on the night of December 31, 1862, to await midnight, when the Emancipation Proclamation was to free millions of enslaved people in the South.

Over the years, many African American churches have continued to hold Watch Night services each year. However, over time the connection between the New Year and the Emancipation Proclamation was largely forgotten. Heather explains how the Corridor has recently been working with community partners to reestablish Watch Night’s historical ties and revive its Gullah Geechee traditions.

Episode 3.3 - Canal Boat Families, Mules, and More in the D&L Corridor

Two brown mules pull a school group on a red canal boat along the Lehigh Canal at the National Canal Museum
At the D&L Corridor's National Canal Museum, students experience a taste of life as a child living and working on the canals in the early 1900s.

D&L Corridor

In Episode 3.3, Jules visits the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Corridor) to learn about the canals that revolutionized industry and transportation in the United States in the 1800s—and about the canal boat families whose daily labor on the canal made that happened.

The D&L Corridor in Pennsylvania stretches more than 150 miles, from the mountains of Carbon and Luzerne counties along the canals that once transported anthracite coal to the Delaware River north of Philadelphia. In the 1800s and early 1900s, coal was transported via mule-drawn canal boats, which were operated by families who worked and lived on the boats. Frequently it was the responsibility of the children to take care of the mules.

Jules talks to historian Martha Capwell Fox about why anthracite coal was so important and about the lives of the families who worked along the canal. She also sits down with education manager Dennis Scholl, who is in charge of D&L Corridor’s education programs such as the award-winning Tales of the Towpath curriculum and field trips that immerse students in local history and its relevance to today.

Episode 3.4 - Early American Indian History in the Susquehanna National Heritage Area

Petroglyph depicting a human figure near Safe Harbor along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania
More than 1,000 petroglyphs (rock carvings) have been identified along a 23-mile stretch of the Susquehanna River within the Susquehanna National Heritage Area, making it the highest concentration of petroglyphs in the Northeast United States.

Susquehanna NHA

In Episode 3.4, Jules visits Lancaster and York Counties in Pennsylvania to learn about the early American Indian history of the Lower Susquehanna River and the partnership between the newly designated Susquehanna National Heritage Area and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

People have lived along the Lower Susquehanna River for generation upon generation, since long before European colonists arrived. More than 1,000 petroglyphs have been identified along a 23-mile stretch of the river, the highest concentration of American Indian rock art in the northeastern United States. Jules speaks with Paul Nevin, Manager for the Zimmerman Center for Heritage and local petroglyph expert, to learn more about these unique petroglyphs and what we know about the American Indians who created them. She also learns about the later Susquehannock tribe that lived in the area in the 1600s. Paul describes field trips at the Zimmerman Center, which include a hike to Native Lands County Park, site of the largest Susquehannock community.

Later in the episode, Jules interviews Jackie Kramer of the National Park Service to learn more about the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Jackie talks about the Trail's themes and its partnership with the Susquehanna National Heritage Area, which began even before the heritage area's national designation in 2019.

Last updated: August 29, 2019