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Jeff Olson

A photo intern and part-time sportswriter at the Grand Forks Herald during his undergraduate days at the University of North Dakota, Jeff Olson spent 20-plus years in North Dakota newspapers as a photojournalist. He is a former small business owner and for the past 14 years has been a public affairs officer for the National Park Service. Olson works with members of the news media on national park issues from the bureau headquarters in Washington, D.C. He lives in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Joanne, and their golden retrievers, Sam and Harry. They are avid Washington Nationals baseball fans.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Historic Ships of Baltimore Harbor

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson and his wife, Joanne, recently took a tour of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, which is the site of Historic Ships in Baltimore, created as a result of the merger of the USS Constellation Museum and the Baltimore Maritime Museum. Four ships — sloop of war USS Constellation, lightship Chesapeake, World War II-era submarine USS Torsk and Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Taney — and Seven Foot Knoll Light, a screw-pile lighthouse, are part of the maritime museum.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial


Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff stopped over at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday evening, joining many others commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the civil rights leader April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — March For Our Lives

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson joined an estimated crowd of more than 800,00 at the March For Our Life rally Saturday in Washington, D.C., as students gathered in the nation’s capital and at sister marches all across the United States  to deliver a powerful, unified message: Enough is enough. The rally, organized by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of a shooting last month that claimed 17 lives, was part of a nationwide movement for gun reform.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Foggy Bottom

A foggy morning walk today took Arlington, Va., photographer Jeff Olson across the National Mall, past Arlington Memorial Bridge, the Lincoln Memorial, the Nurses Memorial and Constitution Gardens. The area technically borders the part of Washington, D.C., that is known as “Foggy Bottom” because of the fog that naturally lingers there.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Grand Canyon National Park

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson spent the summer working at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Here are some of the spectacular sights that caught his eye.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Upstate New York

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson and his wife, Joanne Plager Burke Olson, recently traveled to upstate New York and took in a few sights, including hiking trails in the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains, Fort Ticonderoga and Split Rock Falls.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson was one of those fortunate souls who was able to view Monday’s total solar eclipse. Jeff, who works for the National Park Service and has been stationed this summer in Grand Canyon National Park, traveled to Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice, Neb., to view the once-in-a-lifetime event.

The national monument commemorates passage of the Homestead Act of 1862, which allowed any qualified person to claim up to 160 acres of federally owned land in exchange for five years of residence and the cultivation and improvement of the property. The act eventually transferred 270 million acres from public to private ownership.

The site of the national monument is on land that includes some of the first acres successfully claimed under the Homestead Act. The national monument was included in the National Register of Historic Place on Oct. 15, 1966.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — Spring Sights

Flowers and dogs. That’s what Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson has been seeing a lot of lately. Hurray for spring!

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery —National Museum of African American History and Culture

Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson recently made his first visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a Smithsonian Institution  museum established in December 2003. The museum’s building was designed by Davud Adjaye and is on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The museum has about 37,000 objects in its collection related to such subjects as community, family, the visual and performing arts, religion, civil rights, slavery and segregation, including items owned by Harriet Tubman, the glass-topped casket originally used to display and bury the body of 14-year-old Emmett Till, the victim of racially motivated torture and murder in Mississippi, the dress that Rosa Park was sewing the day she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Ala., a trumpet owned by jass musician Louis Armstrong, a dress owned by actress and singer Pearl Bailey and a cape and jumpsuit owned by American soul singer James Brown. Olson said it would take probably a dozen visits to take it all in.

JEFF OLSON: Photo Gallery — A Washington Christmas

Christmas is a festive time in our nation’s capital. Among the sights is the National Christmas Tree,  located in the northeast quadrant of The Elipse near the White House in Washington, D.C.  Each year since 1923, the tree has been decorated. The North Dakota Christmas tree is one of 56 trees representing each U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbia from Dec. 1 through Jan. 1 as part of the America Celebrates display. For those who aren’t able to view the trees in person, these images from Alexandria, Va., photographer Jeff Olson are a nice alternative.