Star-Spangled Banner NHT staffing changes

Submitted by the National Park Service

Tina Cappetta

Tina M. Cappetta, Superintendent of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Hampton National Historic Site, and Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, left her current position January 17, 2020 to become the next Superintendent of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. 

During Tina’s tenure, she oversaw the launch of several impactful Trail programs, including the partnership paddle project and Trail Stewards. The partnership paddle project–with separate programs for youth, visitors, and veterans–offers fun, meaningful, educational and recreational guided access to the Trail and its cultural landscape. Trail Stewards, a curriculum based, on-water education program provides meaningful outdoor educational experiences for students, who then create and share legacy learning projects with their broader school communities. The program has engaged over 1300 students and almost 14,000 people since its inception three years ago. 

“The Trail was the perfect culmination of all the efforts that went into the planning, collaboration, and implementation during the bicentennial of the War of 1812,” Tina said.  “I see the Trail as the legacy that helps usher in the third century of stewardship for the sites and resources related to the story of the national anthem.”

Prior to Tina’s announced departure, the National Park Service (NPS) selected Kate Marks Hardy as Partnership Coordinator/ Trail Manager for Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Hampton National Historic Site, and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. She began her position August 19, 2019.

Kate Marks Hardy

Previously, Kate was a visual information specialist at the NPS Chesapeake Bay Office for seven years, collaborating with partners on interpretive projects related to the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, and Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail (before the administration of it was transferred to Fort McHenry). During this time, she worked on creating and installing over 200 interpretive panels along both national historic trails, coordinated annual regional training workshops, and led the development and implementation of the Chesapeake Roving Ranger, a mobile visitor center for the Chesapeake Bay Office and the Chesapeake Conservancy. 

Before joining NPS, Kate worked for the Maryland Office of Tourism as the Partnership and Outreach Coordinator for the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. In this position, she collaborated with NPS on the development of the Star-Spangled Banner NHT. Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Master of Arts in nonprofit management from Notre Dame of Maryland.  

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