Pat Jones, Chief of Interpretation and Education at Independence National Historical Park, has been awarded Eastern National's Superior Performance Award for her outstanding contributions to Eastern National and the mission of the National Park Service in 2013.
Ms. Jones worked tirelessly throughout 2013 on a series of projects that helped strengthen the Eastern National footprint in Independence National Historical Park. Even as she was working on developing and installing the exhibits in the newly refurbished Benjamin Franklin Museum in Franklin Court, she kept her attention on how to best leverage the park's relationship with Eastern National. The result? A partnership through which Eastern National collects the interpretive fee at the new museum and a new and exciting Eastern National Sale outlet on the museum's lobby level.
Ms. Jones also used the opportunity of the closure of the Eastern National store in the park's Pemberton House to open a new sales outlet on Independence Square, in Old City Hall.By repurposing this space, the park has a new amenity to offer visitors to Independence Square and Eastern National has access to the hundreds of thousands of people who enter Independence Square each year.
"Pat Jones represents the best of what we look for in an NPS employee," Superintendent Cynthia MacLeod said. "Her diligence and dedication to the job is matched only by her creativity and ability to work with park partners in ways that meet all of our needs. I commend her for her performance over the past year."
The Superior Performance Award recognizes exceptional partner management of an Eastern National agency and is awarded to the top four partner personnel annually. As a recipient of a Superior Performance Award, Jones is now one of four finalists under consideration for the Herbert E. Kahler Award, which recognizes the Eastern National partner judged to have cooperatively managed the most efficient and innovative agency.
Did You Know?
Invited by Congress in 1824, Marquis de Lafayette toured the United States, greeted by crowds and parades. "The Hall of Independence" was fitted up "in the most splendid manner." The event inspired the phrase “Hall of Independence,” thought to be the precursor of today’s Independence Hall.