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One Hundred Years Of Stewardship

Managing the country's more than 400 national parks, trails, sites, memorials, and more, takes the help of more than 20,000 men and women employed by the National Park Service, which is celebrating it's centennial birthday in August. For some, preserving all that history and heritage is more than just a job, it's a passion!


  • Alexa Viets is the centennial coordinator for the National Parks Service in Washington, D.C.
  • Carole Wendler is chief of interpretation for the National Trails Intermountain Region in Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Kristen Stalling is is the curator and acting chief of cultural resources for the Harry S. Truman Historic Site in Independence, Mo.
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.