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Gettysburg superintendent is honored by state representatives


State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, and state Rep. Dan Moul, R-Adams/Franklin, recently honored James R. Kirby upon his retirement as superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park.

“Superintendent Kirby was responsible for preparing Gettysburg Military Park for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the battle,” Mr. Readshaw said. “He has worked with me and the Pennsylvania Gettysburg Monuments project in the preservation and restoration of Pennsylvania’s battlefield monuments.”

Representatives Readshaw and Moul presented a citation and Pennsylvania flag that had flown over the Capitol to Mr. Kirby during House activity on Dec. 17.

Mr. Kirby retired Dec. 31 after 40 years of service with the federal government, including the last 32 as an employee of the Department of Interior, which operates all the national parks. He began his service at Gettysburg in March 2010, and previously served as superintendent at Petersburg National Battlefield in Virginia and as assistant superintendent at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania.


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