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National Parks Service chief historian to be guest lecturer at SFA

Dr. Dwight Pitcaithley (Source: SFA) Dr. Dwight Pitcaithley (Source: SFA)

The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial year. Stephen F Austin State University is part of the celebration.

Next week they'll be hosting longtime National Parks Service chief historian Dr. Dwight Pitcaithley.

Organizers said Monday that he'll be teaching various classes for a week as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows. On Monday the public is invited to attend his lecture about the history and growth of the National Park Service.

"So the fact that he was the chief historian for the National Park Service for over a decade, that is an amazing position, so to have someone of that caliber on campus is truly exceptional, and I think having the opportunity to connect with so many different people of different backgrounds and ages is just a tremendous opportunity for everyone in the community,” said Dana Cooper, an SFA associate history professor and coordinator.

Pitcaithley started his career 750 feet underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. Later, he became the chief historian for the National Park System, according to a press release.

“Participating in the restoration and interpretation of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island during the 1980s was a highlight of my career, as I was able to work with the leading immigration and ethnic scholars in the country as they embraced their roles as public historians,” Pitcaithley said in a press release.

The lecture about the National Park Service Centennial is Monday at 7 p.m. in SFA's Student Center Grand Ballroom. Admission is Free.

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