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Campbell named regional park Superintendent of the Year

December 11, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Superintendent Donald Campbell has been named Superintendent of the Year for the National Capital Region, officials said.

The National Capital Region is the local arm of the U.S. park system that includes Harpers Ferry along with 13 other major parks.

The region, which reaches about 60 miles from Washington, D.C., includes U.S. park monuments and properties in the Washingtonarea and such other regional attractions as Manassas National Battlefield and Prince William Forest Park near Triangle, Va.

Nominations for the award are made every year by parks in the region. The nominations are reviewed by Regional Director Terry Carlstrom, who makes the final decision.

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Campbell was chosen because of his efforts to foster relationships with educational and community organizations. The park has worked with the local school system to integrate its story into classroom lessons, officials said.

Restoration of historic structures and improved interpretive programs also are high on Campbell's priority list, officials said.

"Don has consistently maintained the highest standards for Harpers Ferry National Historical Park," said Carlstrom.

Campbell, who has overseen the park for about 18 years, said he "was both surprised and pleased" by the award.

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