Jonathan Parker has been chosen by the National Park Service as the new superintendent of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay. He will begin on August 30.
“Sagamore Hill National Historic Site will greatly benefit from Jonathan’s leadership style and knowledge of the site,” said Gay Vietzke, the regional director. “While serving as acting superintendent at the park earlier this year, Jonathan successfully steered operations during the Covid-19 pandemic. He is dedicated to improving the quality of visitor access and experiences within the park while also addressing the preservation of this exceptional presidential home.”
Parker currently serves as the chief of interpretation at Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania. He recently led the collaborative development of a combined $2.5 million federal project for the park that included the design of 3,600 square feet of new exhibits and the production of five new films. He previously served as the chief of interpretation, education and partnerships at Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works national historic sites in Massachusetts.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve as the superintendent of Sagamore Hill National Historic Site,” Parker said. “It is a privilege to support the ongoing mission of this place that is singular in American history. Not only is Sagamore Hill an iconic home to a renowned American President and his family, it is a serene, beautiful and living emblem of Theodore Roosevelt’s regard for the conservation of the American landscape. I am equally honored to work alongside the park’s outstanding staff and partners, whose diligent efforts ensure that its mission is preserved.”