DAYTON, Ohio—NAHA’s 2016 Annual Meeting will review a year of accomplishments, preview a year of challenges and opportunities, and hear from a senior National Park Service official with direct oversight of the National Aviation Heritage Area and Dayton’s national park.
The annual meeting is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Woodland Historic Cemetery and Arboretum, 118 Woodland Ave., Dayton. Woodland, a NAHA partner, is celebrating its 175th anniversary. The meeting is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
The guest speaker will be Dr. Stephanie Toothman, associate director for cultural resources, partnerships and science with the National Park Service (NPS) in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for overseeing history, historic preservation, and cultural programs in more than 400 national parks and 49 national heritage areas, including the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and the National Aviation Heritage Area. She is also responsible for overseeing the many community programs that make up the NPS role in a national preservation partnership among federal, tribal, state and local governments and nonprofits.
Toothman came to this role from the NPS Pacific West Region, where she was chief of cultural resource park and partnership programs. During her career with the NPS, she has also served as a preservation planner in Washington, D.C. as a regional historian, as acting superintendent at Crater Lake National Park and at the National Mall and Memorial Parks during the 2009 inauguration, and as acting director of the Interior Department’s Office of Youth.
Prior to joining the NPS, Toothman worked as a curatorial assistant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She graduated magna cum laude from Smith College and went on to receive her Master of Arts and Doctoral degrees in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. Toothman received the DOI Meritorious Service Award in 2008 and the Washington State Historical Society’s “Robert Gray Medal” in 1999.
The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) is a nonprofit chartered by Congress in 2004 as the management entity for the National Aviation Heritage Area, a region of national historical importance encompassing Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clark, Warren, Champaign, Shelby, and Auglaize counties. The Heritage Area is one of 49 National Heritage Areas in a program administrated by the National Park Service, and the only one dedicated to aviation heritage. Visit aviationheritagearea.org for more information.
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