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Flight 93 National Memorial talk to be held

By Staff | Nov 26, 2010

Joanne Hanley, superintendent of the Flight 93 Memorial, will present a talk entitled “A Common Field One Day, A Field of Honor Forever: The Flight 93 National Memorial” at 7 p.m. Dec. 1. The talk, which will be free and open to the public, will be presented in the auditorium of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies on the campus of Shepherd University.

The talk, which is co-sponsored by the Historic Preservation Program at Shepherd and the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, is an outgrowth of a Battlefield Preservation class, taught by Walter Powell. Hanley’s presentation will cover the development, design and inauguration of the Flight 93 Memorial as a nationally recognized site.

Hanley is presently the Superintendent of the five National Parks in Southwestern Pennsylvania: Flight 93 National Memorial, Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Johnstown Flood National Memorial and Friendship Hill National Historic Site.

Hanley began her NPS career in 1978 with the agency’s Denver Service Center as an environmental specialist working on management plans in national parks in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Over the years she has worked at Mount Rainier National Park, the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Clara Barton National Historic Site, Women’s Rights National Historical Park and in the National Capital Regional Office. She also served as international affairs specialist in the National Park Service’s Office of International Affairs in Washington, D.C., providing technical assistance for national parks in Thailand, Burma and Zimbabwe.