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Historic Battlefields and Underground Railroad Sites Bills Get Hearing in Senate
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - National Trust for Historic Preservation, battlefield protection, Civil War sites, endangered history, War of 1812, Revolutionary War
Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Email The Author: pr@nthp.org
Website: http://www.nthp.org

The Senate Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands held a hearing this week on a number of parks bills, including battlefield preservation bills (S. 1168/HR1694) and a bill preserving historic sites associated with Harriet Tubman (S. 227). Kate Stevenson, Acting Deputy Director of Support Services for the National Park Service (NPS), was the main witness for the hearing and testified in support of the House and Senate battlefields bills, which would create a matching grant program for Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 sites that closely mirrors a very successful matching grant program for Civil War sites. The Civil War acquisition grant program was first authorized by Congress in the Civil War Battlefield Protection Act of 2002 (Public Law 107- 359), and was recently reauthorized by the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11).

Stevenson also testified in support of the S. 227, a bill to establish the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot Counties in Maryland. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), the sponsor of S. 227, also testified in support of his own bill. S. 227 would authorize the Secretary of Interior would be authorized to enter into cooperative agreements and provide technical and matching financial assistance to the A.M.E. Zion Church (owners of the Tubman property) and others for historic preservation, rehabilitation, research, maintenance and interpretation of the park and related Harriet Tubman resources. In Maryland, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park would be established and be comprised of nationally significant historic landscapes associated with Harriet Tubman in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot Counties.

 


Keywords: National Trust for Historic Preservation, battlefield protection, Civil War sites, endangered history, War of 1812, Revolutionary War

Posted: July 17, 2009
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