Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table


FSNMP Superintendant Thanks RVCWRT


At the August 14th dinner meeting of the RCWRT, National Park Service Supt. of the FSNMP Kirsten Talken-Spaulding, addressed the members and gave the short talk noted below:

Thank you for the time to briefly talk with you all.  The RVCWRT was formed with the express purpose of being a place where anyone interested in learning about the CW and preserving the ground upon which soldiers fought could gather.  The NPS, through the plethora of places and programs it manages endeavors to help the public engage with the natural and cultural resources of our nation.  While we are a relatively small agency, we do more than one might think and that’s because of partners like the RVCWRT.

Not only do you further the reach of education regarding the CW, but this RT in particular has been a major contributor to the park in the form of internships.  This RT does two things for our interns – fist it sponsors the stipend for one of the interns that the park selects, and then the scholarship committee, which I was pleased to play a role on this year, selects one of our interns to be the scholarship recipient.  I just wanted to take a quick moment to personal ensure you all heard, directly from me, how much the park and I appreciate the partnership.






The winner of the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table 2017 National Park Service Intern Scholarship is Abigail Currier of Weare, New Hampshire.  This $2,000 award was available to a National Park Service (NPS) intern at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park (FSNMP) who met certain educational and park service requirements.  Ms. Currier successfully navigated a rigorous screening process, including an essay requirement and a panel interview with the FSNMP Superintendent and RVCWRT Executive Committee members.


Ms. Currier is a graduate of Gettysburg College and will attend Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) in the fall.  She is working toward a Masters degree in Library Sciences.  She spent the last three summers working at NPS sites in Maryland and Virginia, including this year’s work as an interpreter at FSNMP.


This year’s essay (1,500 to 1,600 words) addressed the following topic: “FSNMP was established in 1927 with the mission of preserving for future generations, the land and stories of the people and events associated with the Civil War battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania.  As a park intern, you play an important role in accomplishing this mission.  With this in mind, describe how you and your division at FSNMP contribute to this mission and why it is critical for this park to be preserved for future generations.”


Here is an excerpt from Ms. Currier’s entry “Researching for the Future.”


“Helping a visitor to find an ancestor and hearing their story is part of a great circle in which everyone is able to mutually benefit from the work that is put in.  The visitor gets to see a glimpse of where their ancestor was and learn about what they were doing, the park has the potential to gain new information and more resources for future study and the intern providing the service gets to learn throughout the whole process.  I doubly benefit from this exchange because I get to hear the personal story from our visitors while at the same time learning about the park that I work at and the seminal events that took place here.  I am only able to learn these things and have these experiences because of the land and resources that the park has carefully preserved and shared with its visitors and employees.  For nearly a century, the park has been working to accumulate and save these stories and places, not only so they can be shared with the future but also so they can be shared with others.”


Congratulations go to Abigail Currier for her fine efforts.  RVCWRT wishes her every success in the future at IUPUI and beyond.  RVCWRT also thanks FSNMP Superintendent Kirsten Talken-Spaulding for her cooperation and participation in this year’s scholarship program.


Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table
P.O. Box 7632
Fredericksburg, Va. 22404