The Middlesboro Chamber of Commerce hosted the June Lunch and Learn event at the Chinatown Buffet in the Middlesboro Mall.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Superintendent Sula Jacobs was the guest speaker.
Jacobs spoke about her history growing up in upstate New York and how important a sense of community is to her. Jacobs took the superintendent position in early March.
Before coming to Cumberland Gap, Jacobs worked for the parks service in Miami, Fla., and Nashville, Tenn.
Jacobs stressed how important the park volunteers are to making CGNHP a successful place for both locals and visitors alike.
CGNHP logged 37,000 volunteer hours over the past year for events and park maintenance.
“It’s awesome for people to see how important the park is here and to donate their time. So many things we do, we wouldn’t be able to without those hours and without their help,” said Jacobs.
Jacobs asked attendees for suggestions to make the park a better place for visitors.
Suggestions included hosting more live music concerts with a wider variety of music genres.
Another suggestion included having an overnight camping trip at Hensley Settlement similar to the Smoky Mountain National Park overnight hike to Mount LeConte.
Jacobs said she welcomes citizen input, opinions and suggestions to help better the park. She can be reached by calling 606-248-2817.
Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.