Stringer's presentation will focus on the Parks Service's role in preserving and protecting the history, heritage and ideals of the founding fathers as set forth in the Constitution. Co-sponsored by Lamar University and Lamar Institute of Technology, the free event will be held at the LIT Multipurpose Center Auditorium.
Formerly known as "Citizenship Day," the holiday was renamed "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day" in 2004. The U.S. Department of Education announced in 2005 that all schools receiving federal funding were mandated to provide educational information on the history of the American Constitution every Sept. 17. The holiday commemorates the signing of the Constitution by the delegates of the Constitutional Convention on Sept. 17, 1787. It also recognizes those who have become U.S. citizens.
The Parks Service turned 100 years old on Aug. 25. Stringer is the Centennial Coordinator at Big Thicket National Preserve. He is in charge of organizing National Parks Service Centennial events and community outreach efforts in the region.