Monday, March 19, 2007

Other US National Landmarks News

"History forgotten. That is what's at stake for present and future generations if adequate funding is not found for the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program (NTF). This program was created to educate the public about the critical journey of sacrifice and triumph that has empowered African-Americans and helped shape the history of this nation. Despite its importance, the program has been funded at levels well below sustainability--and at current levels the program could disappear within a decade." Support Congressional bill H.R. 1239.

And tomorrow night, March 20, 2007 at:

Federal Hall National Memorial 26 Wall Street New York, NY Federal Hall is located at the intersection of Broad Street across the street from the New York Stock Exchange. 6p.m-8p.m

"During the listening sessions, participants will have 2 minutes to share their thoughts, experiences and visions for the national parks in your area." Additionally,

- Support for restoring Gateway National Park-- creating an icon from an eyesore. (I've worked in) - Support for a subsidized ferry service linking all National Park sites around the NY/NJ Harbor. - Support for the Army Corps' Comprehensive Harbor Restoration Program that will address the condition of Jamaica Bay. - Support for Governors Island, Hamilton Grange, Grant's Tomb, Weir Farm, Fire Island, and other NPS sites in the region. (I've worked on two)

Source: emails from the National Parks Conservation Association ( for the recognition of the upcoming centennial (100 years within the next ten years) of the US National Parks Service, a system I'm given to understand was emulated elsewhere (Saudi Arabia). - posted to histarch

It's interesting to note that at the end of the Suffolk County Legislature session, the public is allowed to present a 5 minute speech or presentation to that county's legislature and a number of years ago I had the pleasure of working for an archaeologist Edward Johanneman, M.A., who did just that. He alerted them to the archaeology of Long Island and how they might use their excellent parks acquisition program and farmland preservation to help create a better archaeological history of native Long Islanders and the settlers who came to it in the 17th century and stayed (though earlier ones may have only visited).

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