Study: National Parks Huge Economic Return on Investment
National Parks provide breathtaking views, like the Little Missouri River at sunset in North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park. But there is much more according to a recent study: big economic benefits for park “gateway” communities, states and the country as a whole. The study shows that American taxpayers in 2005 spent $2.6 billion on the National Park System and the return on their investment was more than $12 billion. The study was conducted by Dr. James Gramann, a social scientist at Texas A&M University who is the Visiting Chief Social Scientist for the National Park Service.
“The estimates in this study represent dollars that enter a gateway economy as a direct result of a park’s presence and operation. They are an important indicator of the return on the public’s investment of tax dollars in the National Park System,” Gramann said.
Gramann’s research found that spending by park visitors in fiscal year 2005 averaged $37 per party per day by local visitors on day drips and $236 per night by visitors staying in lodging inside parks. Visitor groups staying in motels, hotels, and cabins outside parks spent $193 per night. “Although this latter segment represented 25 percent of visitors in fiscal year 2005 it was responsible for 53 percent of visitor spending,” Gramann said.
Lodging and restaurant meals accounted for more than half of all visitor expenditures. Visitor spending effects calculated by the study are conservative, Gramann said. “They exclude airfares and other trip spending beyond 50 miles of a park. Purchase of durable goods like boats and recreational vehicles and other major equipment are also excluded since they can’t be attributed to a single park visit. And special spending opportunities like commercial rafting trips and air tours are not fully captured.”
The National Park Service employed almost 24,000 people in fiscal year 2005. The payroll was about $1.5 billion including benefits. “Locally,” Gramann said, “that meant local economic impacts of payrolls were $1.7 billion in personal income and more than 35,000 jobs. For every two NPS jobs, another job was supported through the effects of employee spending in gateway regions. These are also conservative numbers which do not include local economic activity of the National Park Service buying goods and services from local suppliers and from construction activity.
Seventy percent of the National Park Service impact on personal income came from visitor spending while 30 percent came from payroll and benefit spending. The study documented 23,978 National Park Service jobs plus another 11,212 jobs related to park service payroll and benefit spending and 211,200 jobs because of visitor spending in gateway regions.
Texas DOT Halts Transportation Enhancements Program
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has made several nationwide rescissions of unobligated highway funds to the states. The Texas Department of Transportation (DOT) has responded to the rescissions by halting the transportation enhancements program.
In a letter to transportation enhancements applicants, the Texas DOT stated that because of the rescissions, officials were forced to choose between the enhancement program and programs that advance safety, mobility and congestion relief. Officials decided that transportation enhancements had a weaker relation to their “core functions.” However, federal law requires a 10% set-aside of state apportioned funding to go to the transportation enhancements program. The Texas Historical Commission and Preservation Texas are mobilizing preservation advocates to seek restoration of this important program.
2006 Save America’s Treasures
Awards $7.6 Million in Grants
Forty-two projects in 29 states and the District of Columbia have been awarded a grant through Save America’s Treasures, a public-private partnership of the National Park Service and National Trust for Historic Preservation. Competition was strong this year with 327 applications received. Recipients include 23 historic properties and 19 projects focused on collections, artifacts and artistic works.
An additional 89 Save America’s Treasures 2006 congressional earmarks were awarded in October 2005, totaling $16.9 million.
These 42 awards bring the total of competitive grants awarded since 1999 to 473. To date, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Midway Island have received grants.
For more information on Save America’s Treasures, contact:
Fiona Lawless, Program Manager
National Trust for Historic Preservation
or visit www.saveamericastreasures.org.
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, Birmingham
This National Historic Landmark church has served as the religious center of Birmingham’s African-American community and played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement. Funds will be used to replace the roof and address moisture-related problems. ($400,000)
Archeological, Botany, and Zoological Collections of the Colorado Plateau, Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff
These collections are the result of systematic scientific collection on the Colorado Plateau, starting in the early 20th century. The grant will support re-housing priority portions of the collections. ($250,000)
Centennial Baptist Church, E. C. Morris Foundation, Helena-West-Helena
This National Historic Landmark is significant for its association with Dr. Elias Camp Morris, pastor from 1879 to 1922 and leader of the National Baptist Convention, the largest African-American organization in the United States at the end of the 19th century and today. Funds will be used to strengthen the roof structure and address exterior deterioration. ($300,000)
Alcatraz Island Gardens, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy,
San Francisco Bay
Since the early 1800s, this National Historic Landmark has been an army fortress, a military prison and a Federal penitentiary. The officers, families, and prisoners created intensively maintained gardens throughout the island. Funds will be used to restore structural elements of the gardens and rehabilitate plantings. ($250,048)
Hearst Metrotone Newsreel Collection, UCLA Film and Television Archive, Hollywood
The collection is a rich source of visual history documenting the first two-thirds of the 20th century. Funds will be used to conserve and repackage segments of the collection that are on nitrate or acetate film stock. ($200,000)
Georgetown Schoolhouse, Georgetown Trust for Conservation and Preservation Inc., Georgetown
The Schoolhouse is a contributing building in the Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District, which preserves much of the flavor of the early mining era of the West. Funds will be used to address deterioration of the building envelope. ($150,000)
Clyfford Still Collection, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver
The collection is the majority of the artworks produced by Clyfford Still (1904-1980), one of the first generation of American Abstract Expressionists in the mid-20th-century. Funds will be used to conserve selected paintings in the collection. ($150,000)
District of Columbia
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington
Designed by Ernest Flagg and constructed in 1893, this Beaux Arts building is a National Historic Landmark and an integral part of Washington’s City Beautiful plan. Funds will be used to address the deteriorating building envelope. ($250,000)
Farnsworth House, Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois, Plano
This National Historic Landmark is one of only three private residences in the United States designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Funding will support flood abatement and exterior repairs. ($137,630)
The Three Arts Club, The Three Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago
The club is the sole survivor of a network of Three Arts Clubs formed for the purpose of helping early 20th-century women become independent and self-sufficient as professionals in the arts. Funds will assist in the restoration of the masonry and terra cotta façade. ($100,000)
Video Archives, The Joffrey Ballet, Chicago
This collection of performance recordings represents the only documentation of many important and influential dance works by the ballet company. Funding will be used to conserve the fragile collection. ($75,000)
Terrace Hill, Terrace Hill Foundation, Des Moines
This National Historic Landmark is the State of Iowa’s Governor’s Residence and an exceptional example of the Second Empire style. This grant will support roof repairs. ($150,000)
Fort Jackson Artifacts, Plaquemines Parish Government, Buras
Constructed between 1822-1832 to help guard the Mississippi River approaches to New Orleans, the fort and its collections were submerged in salt water during the 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Funds will be used to stabilize and conserve artifacts recovered after the storms. ($125,000)
Skipjack Nellie L. Byrd, Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities, Inc., Middle River
Built in 1911, this is one of only 35 surviving Chesapeake Bay skipjacks and one of the oldest. Funds will restore the deteriorated hull of the vessel. ($94,000)
Colonel James Barrett House, Save Our Heritage, Concord
Colonel James Barrett was a key figure in the events leading to the 1775 British march on Concord and Lexington that resulted in the “Shot Heard Round the World,” an early skirmish in the American Revolution. Funds will be used to address moisture penetration in the frame house. ($220,000)
United First Parish Church, United First Church (Unitarian), Quincy
This National Historic Landmark is an excellent example of the Greek Revival style and the burial site of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams and their wives. The grant will contribute to the restoration of the deteriorated windows and bell tower. ($100,000)
Americana Collection, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library, Boston
Funds will be used to conserve a portion of the collection, which includes 7,500 maps and 550 atlases of the United States, particularly of Boston, Massachusetts, and New England, from 1630 to ca.1930. ($135,000)
Boston Common Collection, Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Boston
Set aside by the city of Boston in 1634, this is the oldest public park in the United States and a showplace for public sculpture. The grant will fund the conservation of select sculpture in the Commons. ($200,000)
Fair Lane, The University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn
Home of American Industrialist Henry Ford and his wife from its construction in 1915-16 to their deaths in the 1940s, the house is now a National Historic Landmark. Funds will be used repair the deteriorating steam-heating system, which has caused damage to the building and its collections. ($350,000)
Fort Snelling Upper Bluffs, Hennepin County, Hennepin
Begun in 1820, this was the first fort in the area that became the state of Minnesota. Its dramatic site above the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers enabled it to control both waterways. Funds will be used to stabilize and secure 27 buildings in the fort complex. ($150,000)
Working Office of Harry S. Truman, The Harry S. Truman Institute for National and International Affairs, Independence
This is Truman’s post-presidential office where he wrote letters, speeches, and his book Mr. Citizen and met with distinguished visitors. Grant funds will be used to conserve the office and its contents. ($125,000)
Native American Collection, Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln
The grant will be used to conserve and improve storage for the collection, which includes more than 3,000 artifacts related to the fourteen tribes and important individuals associated with the state of Nebraska. ($170,000)
Woodrow Wilson Hall, Monmouth University, West Long Branch
Built in 1927, this Beaux-Arts style National Historic Landmark was the home of the president of the F.W. Woolworth Company and sits on the site where Woodrow Wilson delivered his party’s acceptance speech for the 1916 Presidential campaign. Funding will assist the structural repairs to the monumental portico. ($100,000)
The Factory Building at Speedwell Village, Morris County Park Commission, Morristown
This National Historic Landmark was the location of the first successful public demonstration of the electro-magnetic telegraph in January 1838. Funds will be used to address structural issues. ($325,000)
Midmer-Losh Pipe Organ at Atlantic City Convention Hall, New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, Atlantic City
Built in 1928, the Midmer-Losh Pipe Organ is the largest, loudest and most complex working musical instrument ever constructed and remains a functional and integral component of the National Historic Landmark hall. The grant will support restoration of the organ. ($100,000)
Saint Augustine Church, Pueblo of Isleta, Isleta
Built in 1613, the church is one of the oldest in New Mexico. Funding will assist the restoration of the deteriorated adobe buttresses that support the walls. ($150,000)
101 Spring Street, Judd Foundation, New York
Designed by Nicholas White in 1870, this is the only intact, single-use building remaining in the SoHo’s Cast-Iron Historic District. Funds will be used to restore the cast-iron façade. ($200,000)
Permanent Collection of Drawings, New York Historical Society, New York
This collection of drawings and watercolors is the nation’s oldest and represents a rich trove of original works that spans six centuries. Grant funds will support the conservation of these works of art. ($100,000)
World Trade Center/September 11, 2001 Collection, New York State Museum, Albany
The museum is the primary repository for the artifacts related to the World Trade Center and the events of September 11, 2001, and it will use this grant to improve conservation, organization, and storage of the objects. ($128,683)
Van Rensselaer Manor Papers, New York State Library, Albany
These 17th- and 18th-century materials are the earliest recorded documentation of the area on the Upper Hudson River, including correspondence, accounts, and court records. Funds will be used to conserve the most threatened portion of the collection. ($58,000)
Christ Church, Christ Church Preservation Trust, Philadelphia
Completed in 1747, this National Historic Landmark church is one of finest Early American churches and was the religious home to many members of the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention. Funding will be used to install a fire-suppression system and address exterior deterioration issues. ($350,000)
The Pine Building, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia
This National Historic Landmark was the nation’s first hospital and the first institution exclusively for the treatment and care of the sick, poor, and mentally ill. Funding will be used to address a variety of exterior deterioration problems. ($350,000)
“Battle of Gettysburg” Cyclorama Painting, Gettysburg Foundation, Gettysburg
This is a colossal circular painting of Pickett’s Charge during the Battle of Gettysburg, the Confederacy’s only incursion into the North during the Civil War. Funds will be used to conserve the painting. ($200,000)
Sol Feinstone Collection, The David Library of the American Revolution, Washington Crossing
The collection contains more than 2,400 manuscripts, including letters and journals by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and other prominent figures of the American Revolution. Funds will be used to conserve and rehouse the collection. ($60,000)
Tennessee Valley Authority Archaeological Collections, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The collections document over 10,000 years of years of human occupation in the state. Funds will be used to rehouse the collections. ($100,000)
First National Bank Building, Galveston Arts Center, Inc., Galveston
This was the first national bank in Texas to operate under the National Bank Act of 1863 and is a contributing building in the Strand National Historic Landmark District. The grant will be used to address structural issues. ($250,000)
Saint Luke’s Church, Historic St. Luke’s Restoration, Inc., Smithfield
This National Historic Landmark church is the oldest church of English foundation and the earliest surviving Gothic style building in the United States. Funds will be used to address moisture penetration problems and restore moisture damage. ($250,000)
Archeological and Architectural Collections, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg
This grant will be used to provide climate-controlled storage for these large, significant collections. ($200,000)
Costume Collection, James Monroe Museum & Memorial Library, Fredericksburg
The collection consists of clothing owned by James Monroe, his family, and descendents. The grant will support conservation of 37 pieces of the collection. ($26,262)
Collections, Orcas Island Historical Museum, Eastsound
The museum will use this grant to clean and conserve key objects in its collection, which illustrates and interprets the cultural heritage of First Peoples and early homesteaders in the Pacific Northwest. ($100,000)
American System-Built Home Model B-1, Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program, Milwaukee
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, System-Built homes were modular homes intended to appeal to moderate-income homeowners. Lack of maintenance by a previous owner led to severe exterior deterioration of the Model B-1, which will be addressed with this grant. ($150,000)
Sheridan Inn, Sheridan Heritage Center, Inc., Sheridan
William F. ("Buffalo Bill") Cody owned the inn and created many of his Wild West Shows here. The 1892 inn is now a National Historic Landmark, and the grant will be used to address structural problems. ($350,000)
Preserve America Awards 23 Grants
The next deadline for Preserve America grant applications is February 14. Grant guidelines and application are now available.
In September 2006, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced the final round of Preserve America grants totaling more than $1.4 million. Close to $5 million has been distributed in 2006. Mrs. Laura Bush is the Honorary Chair of Preserve America, a White House initiative that encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our nation’s cultural and natural heritage.
The Preserve America grant program, administered by the Department of the Interior’s National Park Service in partnership with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, offers matching grants. These competitive dollar-for-dollar grants fund designated Preserve America Communities, State Historic Preservation Offices, and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices to support preservation efforts through heritage tourism, education and historic preservation planning.
“Historic preservation has an important place in America. Preserve America promotes education, historic preservation and economic development while encouraging a greater appreciation of our national treasures—from monuments and buildings to landscapes and main streets.” Mrs. Bush said.
Secretary Kempthorne congratulated the 23 recipients of Preserve America grants. The final round of Preserve America grants provided more than $1.4 million for projects in 17 states representing all regions of the country. New in 2006, this grant program provides funds on a matching basis to assist Preserve America communities with marketing, planning, and educational efforts associated with protection and appropriate use of community heritage. In all, 68 projects will have been awarded within 33 states in 2006.
“History can be an economic engine for the community in which that history took place as more Americans discover and participate in heritage tourism,” said Secretary Kempthorne. “These Preserve America grants will help to jump start that economic engine.”
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Announces Grant Opportunities
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is currently accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations and public agencies for four grant programs: the National Trust Preservation Funds, the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors and the Hart Family Fund for Small Towns. All four grant programs have a February 1, 2007, postmark deadline. The National Trust Preservation Funds grant program has additional deadlines of June 1 and October 1.
National Trust Preservation Funds are designed to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects focused on preservation planning or education efforts. Support is offered for obtaining professional expertise in areas such as architecture, archeology, engineering, preservation planning and fundraising. Grant funds may also be used to support preservation education activities. Grants range from $500 to $5,000, with the average grant awarded ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.
Grants from the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors range from $2,500 to $10,000. The Favrot Fund supports preservation planning or education efforts. The Mitchell Fund assists in the preservation, restoration and interpretation of historic interiors. In addition to nonprofit organizations and public agencies, individuals and for-profit businesses may receive grants from the Favrot and Mitchell funds if the project for which funding is requested involves a National Historic Landmark.
Grants from The Hart Family Fund for Small Towns range from $5,000 to $10,000 and are intended to assist small town preservation and revitalization initiatives around the country. The fund focuses on towns with populations of 5,000 or less.
Potential applicants should contact the National Trust regional office serving their state for more information. A listing of National Trust regional offices can be found at www.nationaltrust.org/regional_offices/index.html.
IMLS Launches New Conservation Initiative
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has launched Connecting to Collections: The IMLS Conservation Initiative.
“Our nation’s collections are an essential part of the American story, and I feel a profound responsibility to make care of collections as much a part of the nation's consciousness as the care of our natural environment,” said Dr. Anne Imelda Radice, IMLS director. “With this new initiative, we will raise public awareness about the value of these collections and provide momentum that can be leveraged in leadership activities by other federal agencies, state and local officials, and private funders.”
The launch of Connecting to Collections follows the release earlier this year of “A Public Trust at Risk: A Report of the Heritage Health Index,” a study conducted by Heritage Preservation in partnership with IMLS that identified severe inadequacies in current collections care practices and outlined steps to help remedy the problem.
Dr. Radice outlined three components of the new IMLS initiative:
- A national conservation summit to be held in Washington, DC in June 2007 followed by regional summits which will begin in the fall of 2007 and continue through the fall of 2008.
- A “conservation bookshelf” that will comprise core texts in collections care and be made available to all summit participants and be distributed annually.
- Grants to create statewide plans to address the issues identified in the Heritage Health Index.
IMLS Calls for 2007 National Leadership Grant Applications
Application Deadline: March 1, 2007
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting grant applications to the agency’s 2007 National Leadership Grant (NLG) program. The previously published deadline of February 1, 2007 has been moved to March 1, 2007. The grants will provide an opportunity to explore important research questions, develop and test new models of library and museum service, and help build digital resources.
This year the agency is bringing back its Library and Museum Community Collaboration category. Collaboration grants provide opportunities for libraries and museums to partner with each other and with a host of other community organizations including public broadcasters, schools, universities, cultural and performing arts organizations, and health and social service providers. With this change, the three funding categories for 2007 are as follows:
• Building Digital Resources
• Library and Museum Community Collaboration
• Research and Demonstration
Museum applicants may request between $25,000 and $1,000,000. The range for library applicants is $50,000 to $1,000,000. In addition, collaborative planning grants of $30,000 are offered for the first time to enable project teams from more than one institution to work together to plan a collaborative project in any of the three categories.
Successful proposals will show evidence that they will have national impact and generate results--new tools, research, models, services, practices, or alliances--that can be widely adapted or replicated to extend the benefit of federal support. Proposals will reflect an understanding of current issues and needs, showing the potential for far-reaching impact throughout the museum or library community. Projects will provide creative solutions to issues of national importance and provide leadership for other organizations.
Applications, guidelines, and examples of successful proposals can be found at www.imls.gov. Awards will be announced in September 2007.
National Endowment for the Humanities
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Invite Grant Applications for New Digital Innovation Program,
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invite applications to a new digital humanities grant competition sponsored by the two federal agencies. The new grant program, "Advancing Knowledge: The IMLS/NEH Digital Partnership," seeks applications for innovative, collaborative humanities projects using the latest digital technologies for the benefit of the American public, humanities scholarship, and the nation's cultural community.
"The NEH partnership with the IMLS, which is one of five new programs launched under the Endowment's Digital Humanities Initiative, should accelerate the development of new technological tools and applications to the study of the humanities," said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. "Our ultimate goal is to make more education and scholarly resources more broadly available to more people."
"This partnership and this new grant competition hold great promise for our nation's libraries and museums," said IMLS Director Anne-Imelda M. Radice. "Libraries and museums connect people to information and ideas; these grants will spur innovation and new collaborations, and they will advance the role of cultural repositories in online teaching, learning, and research."
The two federal agencies together will dedicate $1.5 million to Advancing Knowledge. Through this new partnership, NEH and IMLS will help teachers, scholars, museums, and libraries take advantage of developing technology. Successful projects funded through this partnership will explore new ways to share, examine, and interpret humanities collections in a digital environment and develop new uses and audiences for existing digital resources.
Grants awarded through Advancing Knowledge will bring together museum, library, archives, and IT professionals with humanities scholars to use innovative approaches in digital technology to provide new perspectives on humanities collections, offer new interpretive contexts, and allow existing resources to be widely shared. Nonprofit institutions interested in applying can find guidelines online at www.neh.gov.
The deadline for applications is March 27, 2007, and applications must be submitted through Grants.gov. The first awards will be announced in early summer.
Three Museums and Three Libraries
Nation’s Highest Honor for
Extraordinary Community Service
Institutions to Receive $10,000 and to be Honored at
Ceremony in Nation’s Capital
Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, announced the 2006 recipients of the National Awards for Museum and Library Service. This is the nation’s highest honor for the extraordinary public service provided by these institutions. Each organization will receive $10,000 and will be honored at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C.
“As the primary source of federal funding for the nation's libraries and museums, the Institute of Museum and Library Services is proud to honor institutions that have dared to set high goals for community service and to attain them," said Dr. Radice. “These museums and libraries have listened to their communities, heard their needs, and responded. They make a real difference.”
IMLS makes annual awards to museums and libraries that exhibit outstanding service to their communities. The National Award for Museum and Library Service honors institutions for extraordinary civic, educational, economic, environmental, and social contributions.
The winners of the 2006 National Awards for Museum and Library Service are:
Artrain USA, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Frankfort Community Public Library, Frankfort, Indiana
John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois
Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska
Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, North Carolina
San Antonio Public Library, San Antonio, Texas
Congressional Reception Set for February 26
John Cosgrove of the Alliance of NHAs
Elizabeth Szufnar of NCSHPO
The Alliance of National Heritage Areas 9th Annual Congressional Reception this year will be co-hosted in partnership with Preservation Action, the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO), the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC), the National Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Advisors, and the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (NATHPO) and will be held in the foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC on Monday, February 26 from 5:30–7:30 p.m.
This is the first time that all of these organizations have collaborated in this way. The event is expected to bring several hundred people together in the midst of each organization’s annual meetings and Capitol Hill visits. Throughout the week, each organization will separately provide their members with learning opportunities and venues to discuss and advocate on current policy, budget and legislative issues leading up to the preservation movement’s annual Advocacy Day activities.
The Alliance’s annual membership meeting will be held on Monday followed by the evening joint reception. Tuesday’s activities include an orientation presented by the National Park Service and the Alliance to new members and National Heritage Areas. The Delaware & Lehigh NHC and the NPS Conservation Study Institute will present on evaluation and impacts in National Heritage Areas, followed by a presentation by the National Endowment for the Humanities on grant and partnering opportunities. On Tuesday and Wednesday, NHA directors and their staff and board members have planned informational meetings to update members of Congress and staff about their individual NHAs and national policy.
The NCSHPO Annual Meeting will occur Monday through Thursday and include participant discussions and updates from federal agencies. Both Preservation Action and the NAPC will conduct their board meetings on Tuesday. The National Trust Advisors, comprised of representatives from each state will conduct meetings on National Trust issues Sunday through Tuesday. On Wednesday, preservationists representing all of these organizations will “hit the Hill” to meet with members of Congress and their staff to advocate for historic preservation issues.
For more information on the Congressional reception, contact John W. Cosgrove at the ANHA at email@example.com or Elizabeth Szufnar at NCSHPO at firstname.lastname@example.org
Discovering Italy's Sangro Valley
Through the USDA Forest Service Division
of Heritage Management
The USDA Forest Service's Division of Heritage Management is partnering with the Sangro Valley Project, Oberlin College and the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell'Abruzzo on a
14 night/15 day exploration of Italy's Abruzzo Region in July 2007.
Participants as well as USDA Forest Service archeologists will participate with the Sangro Valley Project in a series of archeological projects including excavation, survey, geoprospection, and GPS mapping. Heritage Excursions is modeled on the USDA Forest Service's successful Passport in Time domestic program.
More information is available in the brochure.
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