Friday Evening Welcome


Craig Kunkel, Superintendent

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

James A. Garfield National Historic Site

First Ladies National Historic Site


Craig Kenkel is superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, of a 30,000 acre river valley park between Cleveland and Akron; James A. Garfield National Historic Site, the historic Mentor home of the 20th President; and First Ladies National Historic Site, which includes the historic Canton home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley and the First Ladies education and research center.  A 37-year NPS employee, Craig has extensive experience caring for park historic and cultural resources as well as managing parks in urban areas.

Prior to moving to northeast Ohio in 2014, Craig was superintendent at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.  He also worked at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, first as Chief of Cultural Resources and then as Deputy Superintendent.  Craig’s partner Oscar, a native San Franciscan, works and resides in the City by the Bay.

Before his time in San Francisco, Craig worked in the Midwest Regional Office, Omaha, as the Regional Chief of Cultural Resources (1997-2005), and Regional Historical Architect (1992-1997).  He is part of a large Iowa farm family and has lived in Denver, Omaha, and San Francisco; he now resides in Lakewood, Ohio.