Friends of Hot Springs National Park is hosting a reception for Josie Fernandez, retiring superintendent of Hot Springs National Park, on Thursday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ozark Bathhouse–Cultural Center.
The Villager is concluding 25 years with the National Park Service.
She was assigned to Hot Springs National Park in March 2004. Fernandez is the first woman to lead the park since it was legislated by the U.S. Congress in 1832.
At Hot Springs National Park, Fernandez has led in the stabilization and restoration of the six historic buildings on Bathhouse Row, a National Historic Landmark District with the grandest collection of bathhouses of its kind in America.
Concurrent to her efforts to preserve the historic bathhouses, she has been instrumental in negotiating long-term leases of the buildings with private sector partners.
Her efforts have resulted in the reopening of four of the six historic buildings which were vacant when she arrived.
Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to friends hsnp@gmail.com or call 501-538-4575 to reserve a ticket.