New ‘Valor in Pacific’ head announced

| August 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
PEARL HARBOR — The National Park Service announces a new head of Hawaii’s World War II monuments, including the Arizona Memorial, here. (Photo courtesy National Park Service)

PEARL HARBOR — The National Park Service announces a new head of Hawaii’s World War II monuments, including the Arizona Memorial, here. (Photo courtesy National Park Service)

National Park Service
News Release
SAN FRANCISCO – The National Park Service has selected Jacqueline Ashwell to be the next superintendent of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, including the USS Arizona Memorial and the newly created Honouliuli National Monument.

Ashwell

Ashwell

Ashwell replaces Paul DePrey who left the park to lead Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites in Massachusetts.

“Jacqueline is a proven leader whose work as superintendent of the Seattle Area National Park Sites has been superb,” said Patricia Neubacher, NPS Pacific West Region acting regional director. “She is skilled at building partnerships and has a solid background in cultural and natural resources management. These will be valuable skills in her position leading World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and establishing Honouliuli National Monument.”

The 22-year NPS veteran currently serves as the superintendent of the Seattle Area National Park Sites, which include Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – Seattle Unit, the Bainbridge Island Unit of Minidoka National Historical Site, the Wing Luke Museum Affiliated Area, the Outdoor Recreation Information Center at REI’s Seattle flagship store and the Seattle Trails & Rails program.

“It will be an incredible honor to serve as the superintendent of World War II Valor in the Pacific and Honouliuli national monuments,” said Ashwell. “Visitors from around the world are able to experience history where it happened, remember the fallen, and reflect on how the past shapes the present and our shared future. I look forward to working with dedicated volunteers, employees and partners who keep this important part of history alive.”

Ashwell will assume her new role Oct. 19.

Ashwell has been deeply involved in the Seattle historic preservation community, working with the Alliance for Pioneer Square and the National Trust for Historic Preservation on projects to interpret and protect the city’s past. She has served for the past two years as a consultant to the National Park Service’s Office of Relevancy, Diversity, and Inclusion. She believes in sharing the technical expertise of the NPS with other countries, and has been assigned to short-term assignments in Haiti and Nepal.

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument preserves and interprets the stories of the Pacific War, including the events at Pearl Harbor, the internment of Japanese Americans, the battles in the Aleutians and the occupation of Japan.

Honouliuli National Monument tells the history of internment and martial law in Hawaii during World War II. Honouliuli is a place to reflect on wartime experiences and recommit to the pursuit of freedom and justice. Honouliuli National Monument was established on Feb. 19 and is not yet open to the public.

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