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      Keweenaw park employee named superintendent of Fort Laramie Historic Site

      A 24-year veteran of the National Park Service has been named superintendent of Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Wyoming.

      Tom Baker will assume his new position on September 21. Baker currently works as a managing assistant at Keweenaw National Historical Park. He began working at the park in 2000, serving as the park's archivist and interpretative specialist. Baker was selected as the park's management assistant in 2003 and was involved in all aspects of park operations. He was instrumental in developing and implementing the formal Keweenaw Heritage Site partnership program.

      Baker won the 2002 NPS National Award for Accessibility for the development and implementation of an assistive listening program instituted while at Sleeping Bear Dunes, where he was director of the visitor center operations and fee program from 1997 to 2000.

      "Tom's multi-disciplinary background and knowledge in many aspects of park administration and partnership-building makes him the ideal person for this position," says Intermountain Regional Director Sue Masica. "He possesses professional capabilities in communicating effective strategies that will help guide Fort Laramie National Historic Site into the next century."

      "I am excited to be heading for Fort Laramie National Historic Site, one of the most important historical places in the west," says Baker. "The combination of a top-notch staff with a passion for their resource and partners that have a deep personal connection to the land and the place humble me to have the opportunity to take the lead at Fort Laramie."

      Baker is a Michigan native. His wife Kathy is also employed by the National Park Service, as a budget analyst for Isle Royale National Park and Keweenaw National Historic Park in Michigan.