Fort Washington, PA, January 26, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Eastern National (EN), a not-for-profit cooperating association with the National Park Service, is proud to announce the winners of its annual awards for 2011. Eastern National values the contributions of its staff, partners and vendors in furthering the mission and goals of our partners. The awards program was designed to highlight outstanding individual contributions that have had significant impact on the association or location, by a specific achievement or in promoting relationships with our partners, and nominees were submitted by Eastern National managers in November 2011. Awards were presented in Memphis, Tennessee on January 19, 2012.
The Charles S. Marshall Unit Award annually recognizes the most outstanding agency that has achieved noteworthy teamwork in promoting and aiding the historical, scientific, educational, interpretive and operational activities of EN partners through EN agency operation. Teamwork is evidenced through agency growth, visitor service, product development, partner relations and administration. The 2011 Unit Award was presented to Manassas National Battlefield Park, and $2,500 will be donated by EN to the park’s interpretive program.
Superior Performance Awards annually recognize outstanding partner management of an EN agency. They are awarded to the top four outstanding partner personnel, regardless of agency size. The 2011 Superior Performance Award winners are: Patty Wissinger, Superintendent, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area; Judy Forte, Superintendent, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site; Shirley McKinney, Superintendent, Manhattan Sites; Diane Chalfant, Associate Director, Park Operations and Education.
The Herbert E. Kahler Award recognizes the EN partner judged to have cooperatively managed the most efficient and innovative agency. The winner was selected by the Board of Directors from the four Superior Performance Award winners. The 2011 Kahler Award was presented to Patty Wissinger, Superintendent, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, and $2,500 will be donated by EN to the park’s interpretive program in Ms. Wissinger’s name.
In addition to the above mentioned awards, EN presents publications awards annually to recognize outstanding scholarly books or magazine articles which have contributed to the mission of their partners.
The Authors’ Award recognizes an individual who wrote an outstanding monograph, documented with extensive footnotes, that exhibits original research, presents information of interpretive value, is a contribution to the field and reflects high quality of scholarship and readable prose in the field of natural science or history during the current fiscal year. The Board of Directors selected Brett W. Spaulding of Monocacy National Battlefield as the 2011 recipient of the Authors’ Award for his publication, Last Chance for Victory: Jubal Early’s 1864 Maryland Invasion. A $1,000 donation to Monocacy National Battlefield will be made by EN in Mr. Spaulding’s name.
The William C. Everhart Award recognizes the best scholarly work related to national parks. Publications qualifying for nomination may deal with any scholarly research related to national parks and are not limited to history. The Board of Directors selected Dr. Henry Duffy of Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site as the recipient of the 2011 Everhart Award for In Homage to Worthy Ancestors: the Puritan/ the Pilgrim. A $1,000 donation to the interpretive program at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site will be made by EN in Dr. Duffy’s name.
Eastern National is a 501(C)(3) not for profit association that promotes the public’s understanding and support of America’s national parks and other public trusts by providing quality experiences, educational products and services to the visitors of America’s national parks. For more information about Eastern National, its products or services, visit our website at www.EasternNational.org.