DAR COMMEMORATES NPS 100TH ANNIVERSARY

The Williamsburg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS) supporting the Society's goals of patriotism, education and historical preservation. Distinguished guests included Nash Castro, who started his career with the NPS in 1939 and whose career highlights included the position of Park Service Liaison to the White House where he assisted First Lady Mrs. Kennedy with the creation of the White House Historical Association; First Lady Mrs. Johnson with her beautification projects for America and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; First Lady Mrs. Nixon with the Summer in the Parks program. The Daughters were very delighted to host Ms. Kym Hall, current Superintendent of the Colonial National Historical Park and celebrate her 29 years of service to NPS. DAR members and guests were taken back in time to the year 1944, as Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Historical Interpreter John Hamant brilliantly portrayed President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Mr. Hamant brought to life the words and persona of FDR and his desire to consolidate all the national parks, monuments, cemeteries, and memorials into a single park system with Executive Order 6166. Led by Commemorative Events Chairman Joni Stevens, the Daughters donated the book "Our Great Big Backyard" by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager to every elementary school in James City County.

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