Mount Rainier National Park
2016 took YHP back to Mount Rainier National Park, which we had visited during YHP 2012, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nationl Park Service. Focusing primarily on the Longmire Historic District, students learned about the history of Mount Rainier and the Longmire Historic District, analyzed planning strategies for historic districts within national parks, and explored the importance of national parks and why they were established.
Building on the positive reception of group projects from YHP 2015, we designed four new projects to allow students to utilize their newfound understanding of historic preservation and the Longmire Historic District. Working in small groups, students examined and assessed potential methods of visitor engagement with historic and cultural resources at Mount Rainier National Park. Projects involved adaptive use, exhibit design,graphic design, and cell phone app design.