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Alan Spears
Legislative Representative for National Parks Conservation Association
National Parks History & Cultural Diversity Expert for
Big Blend's 'Way Back When' Radio Magazine

Alan Spears joined the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) in May of 1999, as an intern for the Enhancing Cultural Diversity program. He has spent the last eight years working as a legislative representative and resident historian for NPCA’s Government Affairs Department.
In 2007, Alan led the grassroots and legislative campaign that won passage of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Funding Reauthorization Act. In 2011 Alan help lead the campaign to add Fort Monroe (VA) to the National Park System via presidential proclamation. He remains the only NPCA employee ever to be rescued from a marsh by a Park Police helicopter.

Alan has a B.A. in American History with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Clark University (MA) and an M.A. in American History from Howard University (DC). Alan is currently reworking his thesis on the Washington, DC Race Riot of 1919 into a book.

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Articles & Interviews
Cultural Diversity In Our National Parks
Hispanic Heritage in Our National Parks
Freedom’s Fortress May Become A National Park
Independence National Historic Park
Civil War History in Our National Parks
Good News For Gettysburg

Women’s History in our National Parks
Black History in the National Parks

Alan Spears
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