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Vicksburg National Military Park welcomes new Chief of Interpretation

Vicksburg National Military Park Superintendent Bill Justice announced Monday the appointment of Brendan Wilson as the park’s Chief of Interpretation, Education and Partnerships.

“We are pleased to have Brendan join the team at Vicksburg,” Justice said. “His strengths in partnerships and in developing new and innovative programs will support the park well as we expand into the Champion Hill, Port Gibson and Raymond battlefields and work through the challenges of the damage to park roads and resources. He has hit the ground running and I’m excited to see what he and our interpretation team can accomplish.”

Wilson comes to Vicksburg from the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historical Park, where he was the site supervisor for the Georgetown (Washington, D.C.) District. There, he collaborated with partners to develop and implement innovative ways to re-establish operations for the Georgetown District.

In his 15-year National Park Service career, Wilson has worked throughout the country. Before C&O Canal he was the first Lead Park Ranger at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, Penn., where he was part of the team that developed the interpretation program and operations. He has also served as a Supervisory Park Ranger at Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, Texas, and as a Park Ranger at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Wilson has a bachelor’s degree in history from George Washington University and a master’s degree in history with a concentration in public history from Northeastern University. Wilson and his partner, Anna, have one son.