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National park in Auburn hires first permanent ranger

The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park didn’t need to look far for its first full-time employee.

More than two years after the formal establishment of the park in Cayuga County, Kim Szewczyk has been hired as a permanent park ranger. Her first day on the job was Monday, March 3.

Szewczyk previously served as the chief of interpretation and education at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls. For nearly two years, she has assisted at the Tubman park and represented the National Park Service at events in the Auburn area.

When the National Park Service created the full-time position at the Tubman park, Szewczyk was eager to apply.

“It’s Harriet Tubman!” she said during an interview at the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center Friday. “Being able to tell the story of a woman who did so many different things in her life and made such an impact on society. Her legacy continues to this day. It’s just an amazing opportunity to be honored with caring for that legacy and carrying it forward.”

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