Citing guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site has reopened access to park grounds, walking paths and trails, and parking areas. [Read more…] about Sagamore Hill Historic Site Reopens Grounds
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The National Park Service (NPS) has announced that Sagamore Hill National Historic Site will be closed to all visitors until further notice in response to concerns from the local community and public health officials. No entry will be allowed into the site, except to employees, residents, and other authorized persons. [Read more…] about Sagamore Hill Temporarily Closed
The National Park Service/National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (NTF) Conference was held September 11-14, 2019, in Niagara Falls. The title of the conference was “Crossings: Bridging the Authentic Underground Railroad Past to the Present.” The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was a partner. [Read more…] about Peter Feinman On National Underground RR Conference
The National Park Service (NPS) has released findings and a follow-up corrective action plan for the December 2018 visitor center fire at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay, NY. The loss of the visitor center impacted the staff and operations at the park, as the building housed many aspects of park operations including staff, historic house tour ticket sales and a bookstore.
The NPS investigation into the cause of the fire was inconclusive, however they concluded that there did not appear to be any indications that it was intentionally caused. Several accidental causes of the fire were considered, including furnace malfunction, original equipment installation issues and storage practices. The report says the building had a monitored fire detection and alarm system and portable fire extinguishers and Park leadership and staff followed applicable NPS structural fire policies. [Read more…] about Sagamore Hill Fire Findings Released By Park Service
Registrations are now open for the National Park Service Network to Freedom Underground Railroad Training in Niagara Falls, set for September 11 through 14, 2019.
Each half day of the Thursday and Friday event days will commence with a keynote speaker addressing one of the themes of the training. The keynotes are followed by five best practices or case studies that relate to the theme, and then the audience is further formed into small groups for discussion. [Read more…] about National Underground Railroad Training Registration Open
The East Hampton Historical Society, stewards of the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio, have announced their newest exhibition: Thomas Moran Discovers the American West, on display from June 29 until November 9, 2019.
The exhibition details Moran’s adventurous participation in the 1871 Hayden Expedition to Wyoming, and explores its impact on both the art world and the National Parks Service. [Read more…] about ‘Thomas Moran Discovers the American West’ Opens In E. Hampton
The Office of State History, in partnership with the National Park Service, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College began facilitating planning meetings to discuss New York’s commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution. [Read more…] about 250th American Revolution Anniv Meeting at Ganondagan
A new National Park Service (NPS) report concludes that 346,000 visitors to Fire Island National Seashore and Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in 2018 spent $20.2 million in communities near the park. The spending supported 172 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $13.7 million, according to the report. [Read more…] about Study: Long Island National Parks Add 13.7M To Economy
The National Park Service has announced that Liberty and Ellis Islands will continue to be open to visitors using revenue generated by National Park Service (NPS) recreation fees and support from its partners. Castle Clinton National Monument at Battery Park in Manhattan, where ticketing for ferries to the Statue of Liberty occurs, will also remain open.
The parks have been open since the beginning of the lapse in appropriations thanks to a previous donation from the State of New York. [Read more…] about Statue of Liberty Remains Open On Fee Revenues
The National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts, recently announced $4.8 million in Save America’s Treasures grants to help fund 16 projects in 12 states.
One of the projects selected for funding is an endangered collection of important documents regarding The Revolutionary War and New York Loyalists in need of conservation housed in the State Archives. [Read more…] about NYS Anti-Loyalist Documents Being Preserved