September 12 – 11th Annual Fall Lecture Series Presenting: Fran Mainella, former Director of the National Park Service

To kick of the Friends of Moccasin Bend 11th Annual Fall Lecture Series, we have Fran Mainella, the 16th and first female Director of the National Park Service! Her lecture is:

The 100th Birthday of ‘America’s Best Idea’ From the Perspective of the First Woman Director of the NPS

The Friends of the Bend welcome Fran Mainella back to Chattanooga! Now a nationally known speaker on Women in Leadership, Nature Deficit Disorder, and Parks and Recreation, Mainella was director of the National Park Service when Moccasin Bend was added to Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park in 2003. She served nearly six years as the first woman to lead the Park Service.

Doors Open 6:30 PM

Lecture Begins 7:00 PM

The Friends are excited to partner with The Camp House to present this year’s lecture series in a new and informal setting. The Camp House is a multipurpose space at the corner of MLK Boulevard and Lindsay Street, at the crossroads of the MLK, City Center, and UTC in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. Arrive early not only to get a good seat but also to enjoy a craft beer, glass of wine, cup of coffee or tea along with a bite to eat. Come be part of the community of park advocates, history buffs, students, and other like-minded neighbors who support the National Park Service and the Friend’s mission!




More about Fran:

Later she was a Visiting Scholar at Clemson University’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. She also served for twelve years as the Director of Florida’s state parks, which received the Gold Medal Award as the nation’s best state park system. Additionally, she has written many articles and contributed to books such as National Geographic’s 10 Best of Everything Parks. Director Mainella holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and a master’s degree and honorary doctorate from Central Connecticut State College.

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Link to 11th Annual Lecture Series Brochure

Proud of Generous Underwriter Greg Vital:Greg A. Vital_Outside

Greg A. Vital is co-founder, president, and CEO of Independent Healthcare Properties, LLC, and Morning Pointe assisted living and senior services, based in Chattanooga. Mr. Vital is strongly committed to preservation, conservation, and national parks advocacy. He is active in and has served on the boards of the Tennessee Aquarium, Trust for Public Land, Tennessee Preservation Trust, Land Trust for Tennessee, and National Parks Conservation Association. In 1996, he was honored by Friends of the Park with the Drew Haskins Award, for his outstanding service to the National Parks and for his support in seed funding for the volunteer program and Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. A longtime board member of the Friends of Moccasin Bend, Mr. Vital originated the Fall Lecture Series in 2006 to promote the Friends and offer the public a way to learn more about the history of the Bend, the Chattanooga area, and the National Park Service.