Talk Explores National Parks In 21st Century

ELVERSON PA – Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site Manager David Blackburn will present an overview of “the National Park System in the 21st Century” Sunday (July 9, 2017) beginning in the park’s conference center, five miles south of Birdsboro off Route 345.

The park system includes all properties managed by the National Park Service, such as Hopewell Furnace (at top), and other related landscapes such as wild and scenic rivers, and national heritage areas including the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area. The title or designation of a unit need not include the term park; most do not.

Blackburn was appointed site manager of Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in November 2015. he has toured and worked at a variety of areas within the park system, including Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, Harry S. Truman National Historic Site in Missouri, and the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island National Monument in New York.

While at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, visitors are encouraged to go into the village, tour its buildings, learn about iron making, and why Hopewell Furnace is important to our nation’s history. For more information call 610-582-8773, visit the park’s web site at, or send an e-mail to

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