The ProRanger Philadelphia program is an academic, technical skills training, and internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service.
Students take coursework during the academic year at Temple University and participate in internships at National Park Service sites during the summer. Follow their experiences here.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Antietam NB Visitors Center
have spent most of my second week at Antietam within the battlefield’s Visitor Center. The interpretive staff has been welcoming and thorough in addressing any
of my proposed questions. Due to the wealth of knowledge around me, I believe I
was able to soak in a good bit of information on the Battle of Antietam’s context,
duration, and aftermath. Along with the availability to explore the staff’s
knowledge, I was able to attend visitor talks everyday meant to give a prelude
to the battlefield’s auto tour. At the end of the week I was even able to ride
along with an Interpretation Ranger who was giving a tour to a sixty-eight
person car caravan of visitors that came to Antietam for the day.
Ranger Led Car Caravan
Among the highlights of the week, my time spent at the
Mumma Farm Education Center was particularly engaging. I watched programs
administered to three different school groups of fourth graders. The programs
conducted were a living history Civil War Soldier explaining the lifestyle of
soldiers who would have fought at Antietam and a communication program showing
the children how generals would have communicated via flag signaling. The kids enjoyed both programs, they were left
in awe when the Union soldier fired a smooth bore musket into the cornfield.
They were also able to personally use flag signals to communicate messages to
work associated with interpretation lies within conveying the importance of the
unit to visitors. That is no easy task, professionals in charge of providing
knowledge of the unit are even still in the process of learning about the
battlefield! However, I do not think a visitor who took advantage of our programs would have any trouble in determining the significance of Antietam National Battlefield. Throughout the week I was intrigued by witnessing our staff at
Antietam guide visitor experiences by recapping history, aiding in the research
of battle regiments, and tailoring programs to all age groups and
personalities. Angelo Algeri, Cohort 5