In 2014, the National Park Service began its LBGTQ History Intiaitve. On May 20, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the initiation of an LGBTQ theme study by the National Park Service. A meeting was held in Washington, D.C. June 10, 2014 of experts in Gay and Lesbian American history. Dr. Barbara Little of the National Park Service served as project coordinator and University of Maryland doctoral candidate Meghan Springate served as project lead and editor.
On June 24 2016, President Obama established the Stonewall National Monument in New York City. The completed theme study, LGBTQ America was released October 11, 2016 by the US Secretary of Interior.
William P. O'Brien, Ph.D. retired December 31, 2016 as the National Park Service Intermountain Regional Historian and Desert Southwest CESU Cultural Resource Specialist. He received his training in American history at Central Missouri State University ( BS-1968-1972); the University of Missouri at Kansas City ( MA-1976-1979) and at the University of Colorado at Boulder (Ph.D.1986-1994). He has held various positions in the field of public history since 1977. In 2012, he was selected by DOI-ITAP and the American Embassy, Republic of Georgia, to deliver a week-long series of lectures on cultural resource conservation and historic preservation for the Georgian Historic Preservation Office in Tbilisi and the surrounding Caucasus region.
In 2001, Dr. O’Brien accepted a position with the National Park Service in the Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (CESU) program as the cultural resource specialist for the Desert Southwest CESU in Tucson, Arizona, where he coordinated cultural resource research between national parks, universities and other partners. He also served as adjunct faculty through the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center and the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. His book, Merchants of Independence: International Trade on the Santa Fe Trail 1827-1860 was published by Truman State University Press in 2014.
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