Thursday, February 27, 2020

Without historic preservation...history disappears


A note about historic preservation on my final day at Monocacy.




Ranger Mannie

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Farewell Monocacy


All good things must come to an end, and it's back to my regular job on the National Mall on Tuesday, but it was great to be reminded that I am first, last, and always, a cannonball ranger.




This past two months was the most satisfying and affirming experience of my Park Service career.

See you out on the Civil War trail gang.

Ranger Mannie

Mannie's Monocacy Murals

Finished, with one day to spare.



It feels very good to be able to leave something behind.

Tomorrow's my last day at Monocacy National Battlefield...sounds like some shenanigans are planned.

Ranger Mannie

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Junior Rangers at Monocacy

The Junior Ranger program is one of the best ideas that the Park Service ever had.  It's a great, and fun, way to get kids engaged in their park, and it makes their tax-paying parents really appreciate the parks.



I swore these four fun-lovers in as Monocacy Jr. Rangers last weekend...boy, were they in to it.

Ranger Mannie

Friday, February 21, 2020


The clock is ticking on the murals, I'm about seventy percent done and I have exactly four and a half days to complete them, fortunately, ranger Anthony has been a great apprentice in this project.

I can't believe how fast the time has flown; I've enjoyed this detail so much. This sixty-day detail to Monocacy National Battlefield was the most satisfying and affirming experience of my fourteen-year career in the National Park Service.

Ranger Mannie