Retired Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele will share stories from his 38-year career in the National Park Service at the Southwest Harbor Public Library July 31. PHOTO COURTESY OF SHERIDAN STEELE

Steele to share stories from 38 years in Park Service

SOUTHWEST HARBOR – Retired Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele will give an illustrated talk about his National Park Service career at the Southwest Harbor Public Library Tuesday, July 31, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

In the talk, “From Bear Dens in the Rockies to the Oval Office: My 38-year Career with the National Park Service,” he will share serious and lighthearted stories.

He served in management at seven different national parks. “He has extensive experience preserving natural and cultural resources and managing park operations including visitor services, park maintenance, search and rescue and wildlife management,” organizers of the event said.

Steele hosted park visits by dignitaries including President Barak Obama and the first family, the Emperor of Japan and Pope John Paul II. In 1999, he met President Bill Clinton during a bill signing ceremony in the Oval Office.

At the end of 2017, Steele retired from Acadia National Park, where he served as superintendent for 12 years. He also served at Rocky Mountain National Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Fort Scott National Historic Site and St. Croix Island International Historic Site.

The talk is free and open to all. Contact the library at 244-7065.

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