Passing the Torch

On November 17, 2021 Minute Man National Historical Park celebrated the retirement of former superintendent BJ Dunn and welcomed incoming park superintendent Simone Monteleone.

Our guests of honor were greeted by friends, colleagues, and traditional fife music. A short procession led to the Minute Man Visitor Center where more were gathered to offer their best wishes to BJ and welcome Simone. Reminiscences, speeches, and a slide show focused on BJ’s 30-plus years at the National Park Service.

A highlight of the evening was when four past and present Minute Man National Historical Park superintendents gathered beneath the NPS arrowhead, pictured above from left to right: Larry Gall, Nancy Nelson, BJ Dunn, and Simone Monteleone along with Kathleen Fahey and Bob Morris of the Friends of Minute Man.

Mary Harder and Don Hafner of the Lincoln Minute Men escort the procession of guests with fife music.
BJ Dunn and Paul O’Shaughnessy, Vice President of the Friends of Minute Man and member of His Majesty’s 10th Regiment of Foot.
New superintendent Simone Monteleone introduces herself.
Don Hafner of the Lincoln Minute Men offers thanks, on behalf of the historical re-enactor community, for BJ Dunn’s leadership and stewardship at Minute Man National Historical Park.
BJ Dunn reminisces about his time at Minute Man National Historical Park and thanks guests for attending.
Bob Morris, President of the Friends of Minute Man, presents BJ with a Paul Revere Lantern.
Four past Minute Man National Historical Park superintendents gather beneath the NPS arrowhead, left to right followed by years of service at Minute Man in parenthesis: Larry Gall (1989-1993), Nancy Nelson (1994-2017), BJ Dunn (2017-2021), and Simone (2021-current).

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