LOWELL, Massachusetts — National Park Service (NPS) Regional Director Gay Vietzke has named Juliet Galonska as the new superintendent of Lowell National Historical Park. She begins her new assignment on November 7.
“Julie works well with partner organizations towards common goals,”said Vietzke. “Lowell National Historical Park is intertwined with the heart of this diverse city. Julie’s intelligence, creativity and skill at developing relationships makes her well suited to lead such a rich, dynamic park.”
“I am honored to be selected as the superintendent of Lowell National Historical Park, recognized nationally for its thriving partnerships, engaging experiences, and community connections. I look forward to joining the park team and collaborating with our many partners to continue to advance innovative educational and cultural programming, historic preservation, and economic development,” said Galonska.
Galonska comes to Lowell from the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in northwest Wisconsin and east central Minnesota where she served as superintendent. There she managed a complex operation focused on two of the first rivers designated under the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. She succeeds Celeste Bernardo who retired at the end of September.
Galonska has worked for the NPS for more than 27 years with experiences ranging from park operations to park management. She has led and participated in major rehabilitation projects as well as the creation and implementation of new programs and initiatives, especially in the areas of partnerships and visitor engagement.
Before becoming superintendent of St. Croix in 2017, Galonska was the chief of interpretation, education, and cultural resource management at the Riverway. Earlier in her career, she worked as the site manager for the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and Fort Circle Parks within National Capital Parks-East, an exhibit and media specialist and interpretive operations supervisor at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio, and historian and acting team leader for interpretation at Fort Smith National Historic Site in Arkansas.
Galonska holds a Master of Arts degree in public history from OklahomaState University and a Bachelor of Science degree in history and written communications from Eastern Michigan University.
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