Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Begining

My first job with the National Park Service was in June 1975 when I was hired as a seasonal Park Aid at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Although my main job was providing interpretive service such as guided tours, research, living history, school talks, roving informal talks, and working the information desk, I was also exposed to major event planning, law enforcement, safety, and administrative procedures. I was able to work my way up to a seasonal Park Technician position and eventually a permanent job with more emphasis on protection functions in 1977.

Although I had these bureaucratic job titles, in the public eye we were all Park Rangers.

In my book "A Park Ranger's Life: True Stories from Thirty Two Years Protecting Our National Parks." you will learn about some of the interesting people we had to deal with, a supervisor that almost drove me from my desire to be a Park Ranger, and a ghost or ghosts that tried to chase me from Hampton House which was under the protection of the National Park Service.

The book is in the publishing process now and should be available through and as well as many other distributors within the next few months. Stay tuned for more information and the date when the book will be available to the public.

1 comment:

  1. These photos bring back such wonderful memories of Ft. McHenry, Bruce! I haven't been back since we left in 1977, but hope to some day.

    JoAnna Westmoreland Stanbrough