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Old 05-11-2010, 12:11 AM   #1
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Work on History Project at Mt. Rainier

Please read it all. Time is short, and many will be committed elsewhere. For those who are available and would like to participate in this program, this posting will cover most of the info, and you can contact the NPS at Mt Rainier if you are available. The volunteers would spend the first weekend running through the program, and the week memorizing their parts. Then they would perform the "play" the following weekend. They would camp free in the VIP campground, which actually has limited services, so read on to see if it would be adequate. If it is a good "fit" for you, you would have a ball!
Hi Mike.

Please find attached a flyer with info about the program and where they can stay.

If you didn't cover any info you think I should have, please let me know and I will get you some answers and redo the flyer.

I appreciate you contacting me.


(See attached file: RV and Living history03.doc)

Lee Snook

West District Interpreter
Mount Rainier National Park
55210 238th Ave East
Ashford, WA 98304
(360) 569-2211, Extension 6043

Thursday, April 29, 2010

$10,000 Park Service grant supports bringing history to life at Longmire

This summer, and hopefully for years to come, history will come alive even more than usual at Mount Rainier National Park. Making it all possible is a new $10,000 grant of "special project funding" from the Park Service's national volunteer program, which will pay for additional staff time, training, volunteer reimbursements, and, of course, historical costumes.

People will see the new program in operation in two ways. Every Saturday throughout most of July and August, visitors will be treated to either an evening performance of the park's famous "Shadows of the Past" program, or to historical "vignettes" acted out at the National Park Inn, Longmire Museum, and nearby shuttle stop. Vignettes will be short, but the Shadows of the Past program is an hour-long venture through time, a 0.7 mile guided trek by lantern light to meet John Muir, James Longmire, Fay Fuller, and other characters from the park's past.

The new program will be provided almost entirely by volunteers: volunteer actors, volunteer lantern-bearers, volunteer script writers, volunteer historical researchers, and volunteer costumers. Join our company of actors and supporters! We're still recruiting people to help, so spread the word to your neighborhood community theaters and those characters at work who are always stealing the spotlight at the company barbecue. Come out, yourself, and get a front-row view of the action, even if you're working behind the scenes!

If nothing else, come see us in action. Here's a complete schedule of performances. Times and specific locations for the vignettes have yet to be determined, but Shadows of the Past programs will begin at dusk from the Transportation Exhibit at Longmire:

July 10 - Shadows of the Past
July 17 - Historical Vignette
July 24 - Shadows of the Past

July 31 - Historical Vignette
August 7 - Shadows of the Past

August 14 - Historical Vignette
August 21 - Shadows of the Past

August 28 - Historical Vignette

For more information, contact West District Interpreter Lee Snook at 360-569-6043.

Shadows of the Past looking for some actors

Mount Rainier program: Show focuses on history

To get involved

Shadows of the Past performances: Scheduled for July 10 and 24, Aug. 7 and 21. Character vignettes: Scheduled for July 17 and 31, Aug. 14 and 28.

Information: For more on the program or any of the positions, contact Lee Snook at Lee_Snook[at]nps.gov or 360-569-2211, Ext. 6043. You also can submit an application online atvolunteer.gov/gov.

Family camping program will return to Mount Rainier

Family camping program will return to Mount Rainier

Every so often, I get a call or e-mail from a family looking to start camping. I pass along my ideas and comments, and hope for the best.

Now, I have more concrete advice to offer. Consider taking part in Camping Adventures with My Parents at Mount Rainier National Park.

The program successfully debuted last summer, bringing families to the park who had never been camping before. Participants took hikes led by park rangers, kids took part in Junior Ranger programs, families did volunteer work at the park, learned how to set up a tent and learned songs sitting around the campfire while munching on s’mores.

Park receives $10,000 for summer program

Park receives $10,000 for summer program

Mount Rainier National Park has received $10,000 from Washington's National Park Fund and the McKibben Merner Family Foundation for its summer camp program. The program, "Camping Adventures with My Parents," is fully funded for 2010, said Kevin Bacher, who runs the program.

The park began the program last summer, bringing 75 people in 21 families for a three-day camping adventure during three weekends. The idea was to introduce families who had little outdoors experience to the park, camping, hiking, campfire songs and volunteering

The park partnered with Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Student Conservation Association last year.

mount rainier could use help

mount rainier could use help

While summer is typically the busiest time for volunteers, there are opportunities to help during the winter at Mount Rainier National Park. Here are some of the volunteer needs:

Nordic Patrol: Volunteers work with the Washington Ski Touring Club to provide ski patrol services at Paradise, including marking trails and assisting visitors. Interested people should contact WSTC directly at www.wstc.org . If you have questions about ski patrol at the park, contact Daniel Camicci at 360-569-2211, Ext. 3419.

Greenhouse assistance: The park’s greenhouse is active throughout the winter, and the staff is open to working with volunteers willing to commit to coming out on a regular basis to help weed, pot and care for our plants. Help is needed especially in the spring as the staff gears up for the season. For more information, see our listing on volunteer.gov , or contact Josh Drown at 360-569-6170.

Mount Rainier needs volunteers for work

Mount Rainier needs volunteers for work

Mount Rainier National Park Associates has announced its calendar for volunteer work parties for the year.

“We expect that a large part of the trail work this year will continue to be building the trail from the White River Campground to Glacier Basin, said John Titland, volunteer coordinator for the group.

If enough help is recruited this season, it is possible the rebuilding project will be completed this summer. The trail was damaged during the historic 2006 floods that hit the park.

A trail of remembrance

A trail of remembrance

A sense of history and a passion for skiing led Gene Glasunow to be the driving force behind the creation of a new trail that honors the men of the 10th Mountain Division.

Opened this season, the 10th Mountain Division Memorial Trail is part of the network of skiing and snowshoeing trails maintained by the Mount Tahoma Trails Association.

The trail recognizes the efforts and achievements of the men who fought in one of the Army’s most famous units in World War II, a unit that got its start on the slopes of Mount Rainier.

JEFFREY P. MAYOR; Staff writer

Published: 05/09/1012:05 am | Updated: 05/09/10 2:46 am

The lantern-lit Trail of the Shadows at Mount Rainier National Park is a long way from the bright lights of Broadway. But Kevin Bacher is hoping to recruit a few local thespians as the park expands its popular Shadows of the Past program.

Bacher is looking for volunteers to help perform in and stage the performance that looks at some of the people who played a crucial role in the early years of the park.

Park staffers have presented the program in the past along the trail at Longmire. But that has taken them away from their normal duties, plus they had to be paid overtime. There also have been some years when there was not enough money to stage the program.

This year, the park received a $10,000 grant from the National Park Services national volunteer program.

Bacher also is recruiting people willing to help with or be part of the presentation four times this summer, as well as interact with visitors at Longmire on weekends. In addition to the public, Bacher said he plans to contact area community colleges and community theaters looking for participants.

From his office window, Bacher can watch vehicles slow down as they approach the Longmire area, undecided about stopping. We want to put some of the history back into the historic district at Longmire, give people a reason to stop, he said.

The Shadows of the Past program, which depicts people such as James Longmire, Philemon Beecher Van Trump and Fay Fuller, typically attracts 200 to 400 people. Visitors are led along the Trail of the Shadows by volunteers carrying lanterns. Along the way, visitors hear a short presentation from actors.

It captivates peoples imaginations. Its a chance to see the history of the park come alive in a fun way, Bacher said.

New this year will be the roving vignettes on a number of summer weekends. People in historic costume will walk around the Longmire area talking to visitors about park history. The program is looking to recruit people for a variety of roles:

Characters: People will fill a variety of roles from Mount Rainiers history, memorizing scripts to portray characters in at least one Shadows of the Past program and one character in a roving vignette.

Guides: These people will lead visitors through the Shadows of the Past program by memorizing a script and monitoring the group.

Writers: Vignettes need to be written for 15-minute programs involving three to five characters. Topics will revolve around the 1899 to 1920s history of Mount Rainier.

Lantern bearers: This is a chance to be involved, but stay behind the scenes. These people help illuminate the path for visitors and the characters during the program.

Researchers: Needed to create a general outline and bibliography of background information about Mount Rainier and characters from 1889 to the 1920s.

Characters Welcome and NEEDED

Ever wish for the simpler days? Does todays fast pace and impersonal electronic age have you down? Well, Mount Rainier is looking to take a few select folks Back In Time! This summer we are expanding our living history program and we need people passionate about the park, history, and people, and who have a penchant for dressing up, to join us for some fun. We need volunteers to fill a variety of roles to bring history to life this summer for our Shadows of the Past living history programs and a variety of vignettes at historic Longmire. Volunteers are needed for the following:

Characters Have a flair for the dramatic? Ever wanted to wear a fake beard and talk with a Scottish brogue? We need people to fill a variety of roles from Mount Rainiers history, memorizing scripts and portraying characters in at least one Shadows of the Past program and one character in a roving vignette.

Guides Do you like to answer questions and play follow the leader? Guides are needed to lead visitors through the Shadows of the Past program by memorizing a script and monitoring the group. We also need guides introduce vignettes and answer visitor questions.

Writers Like to write short stories? Vignettes need to be written for 15-minute programs involving three to five characters. Topics will revolve around the 1899 1920s history of Mount Rainier. Specific topics will be discussed and assigned to writers.

Lantern bearers Want to be involved, but want to stay behind the scenes? Lantern bearers are needed for Shadows of the Past programs to illuminate the path for visitors and the characters during the program.

Researchers Have a general curiosity about Mount Rainier in the late 1800s to early 1900s? Researchers are needed to create a general outline and bibliography of background information about Mount Rainier and characters from 1889 to the 1920s.

Mark Your Calendars Shadows of the Past performances will be the evenings of July 10th and 24<sup>th</sup> and August 7<sup>th</sup> and 21<sup>st</sup>. Vignettes are scheduled for July 17<sup>th</sup> and 31s and August 14<sup>th</sup> and 28<sup>th</sup> during the day.

Time Commitment If interested in the Shadows of the Past program we ask that you commit to the minimum of one performance and the dress-rehearsal one week prior to the program. If interested in the vignettes, we ask you commit to the one weekend of performances on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on the program or any of the positions listed please contact Lee Snook at nps.gov]Lee_Snook[at]nps.gov or 360.569.2211 x 6043.

To apply fill out the online volunteer form found here:


Volunteer Housing

If you are interested in volunteering for the living history program and need a place to stay we do have a VIP campground available in the park.

Usage Information and Guidelines

The Longmire Campground has been given over solely to the use of volunteers for the 2010 Summer/Fall Season.

Space in the campground can only be reserved by people who are actively volunteering for the park.

Thirty one campsites, nine platform tents and two group sites are available. No camper hookups are available. As this is an older campground (built in the 1930s), sites can accommodate RVs up to roughly 35 feet.) There is a dump station at the Cougar Rock campground, roughly 15 minutes from the campground.

Reservations for campsites or platform tents must be made through Kevin Bacher (nps.gov]kevin_bacher[at]nps.gov).

You must check in with the Campground Hosts before setting up your campsite.

Camping Sites
There are 31 tent sites of various sizes throughout the Longmire Campground. Each site holds at least one two-person tent. Most come equipped with fire-grates or grate bases

Six camping sites have no tables or concrete campfire blocks. All other sites may have either tables or campfire blocks or both. Ask the Campground Host at check-in to determine what your campsite comes equipped with.

Platform Tent Sites
The Longmire Campground is equipped with nine platform tents, each holding two people.

These sites are assigned at the discretion of the Campground Hosts, and cannot be reserved ahead of time by individuals. Individuals may ask for platform tents when checking in with the Campground Hosts, but no guarantee of availability is made.

Depending on how crowded the campsite is, you may not get a cot if you have a platform tent.

Group Sites
Two group sites are available, located at the south end of the Campground. Each can hold 5 two-person tents. They share an animal-proof food container. Parking is limited.

Each site contains at least one parking spot. Parking for larger vehicle can be limited. Make sure to note any concerns about parking or vehicle size when requesting a campsite.

Water is available at Comfort Station #1 (L-302) and #3 (L-305), on the as well as from the spigots along the west side of campground, near the platform tents. Water is only available from the spigots on the west side of the campground.

Toilets and Showers
Two working toilet facilities are available in the campground, one of which is ADA. Comfort Station #1 (L-302) is at the north end of the campground, and Comfort Station #3 (L-305) is at the south end of the campground. Comfort Station #2 is out of service.

Comfort Station #3 is equipped with three separate shower/toilet units. Hot water is available. One of the showers is ADA.

Trashcans are provided throughout the campgrounds. Large amounts of trash should be packed out.

Food should be packed away in vehicles or animal-proof lockers at night and when not in use.

Campfires are allowed only in designated fire-pits or concrete platforms (with or without the grates). Fires must remain in their designated areas.

Campfires must be attended at all times and must remain a safe and manageable size. A campfire must be completely extinguished when no longer attended.

Trash, including plastic, metal, and uneaten food is not allowed in campfires.

Any firewood used must be purchased or brought in. No firewood can be collected from anywhere inside the park. Wood is for sale at the National Park Inn in Longmire and outside the park in Ashford.

For the safety of the visitor and their pets, no pets are allowed within the Longmire Campground.
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