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The National Park Service's Cultural Resources programs are dedicated to preserving history, celebrating our diverse heritage, facilitating heritage-based education, and providing grants and technical assistance. We are excited to share success stories and preservation news with you through this collaborative space. The programs providing regular content for this page include:
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- Cultural Resources Office of Interpretation & Education
- National Heritage Areas
- Technical Preservation Services

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In the western United States the development of the candy industry was spurred because of the expense of shipping from t...
10/31/2023

In the western United States the development of the candy industry was spurred because of the expense of shipping from the East. The beginning of the candy making in Utah is not well documented, as it was generally done in private homes. The cost of sugar in the west was a discouragement to the early development of the industry. Until the coming of the railroad in 1869 sugar was hauled into the Salt Lake valley by ox teams making it extremely expensive and sometimes selling for as high as $130 a bag. Thus, the pioneers turned to their own resources derived sorghum molasses from sugar cane, and attempting to extract sugar from sugar beets—later, a successful venture.

In the first decades of the twentieth century the Startup Candy Company was known throughout the western states and their distribution was expanding to several foreign countries. At their peak in the 1920s, the company employed 175 workers including 15 salesmen. The present building complex was begun in 1900 as the business outgrew the original factory. Later expansion necessitated addition which include offices and a printing and box plant. The factory had special features for the comfort, entertainment and health of its employees, and the owner, George A. Startup, interested in the welfare of his workers, was active in lobbying for the minimum wage bill for females. This was also the first factory in Utah to give employees a profit sharing bonus, which ranged from 5 to 15% based on merit.

Photo of Startup Candy Company, which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS in 1984.

The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) factory is significant as the headquarters of one of the oldest continuous...
10/31/2023

The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) factory is significant as the headquarters of one of the oldest continuously operating candy companies in the United States. The signature
product—the Necco Wafer—is believed to be the oldest American product continuously manufactured and still sold today in unchanged form. When the factory was built in 1927, it was the largest factory in the world devoted to candy making, and at the time Cambridge was a major manufacturing center with nearly 375 factories in operation. An important Cambridge employer for more than 70 years, the company was among the first to offer such employee benefits as life insurance and profit sharing. The massive Modern-Style building is a visual landmark on Massachusetts Avenue, the city's major thoroughfare, in 2002, using the Secretary of the Interior's Standards, the factory complex (manufacturing building and power plant) was converted to a biotechnology laboratory.

Photos of the exterior and interior of NECCO Candy Factory, which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS.

Candy making has been a significant industry in San Francisco since the gold rush. M. L. Winn’s candy factory was destro...
10/31/2023

Candy making has been a significant industry in San Francisco since the gold rush. M. L. Winn’s candy factory was destroyed in one of the fires of 1850. Domingo Ghiradelli started making chocolates in 1852. In an 1882 article. John S. Hittell reported that San Francisco wholesalers supplied all of the West Coast’s finer grades of candy, some $300,000-worth and all of the imported candy, valued at half that sum. Candy was exported to nearby states and to Columbia, Hawaii, and Mexico. The wholesalers employed approximately 130 persons. Hittell found 27 candy manufacturers, including George Haas & Company, and two manufacturers of chocolate, Ghiradelli and Guittard, both of which still exist today. In 1921 the Chamber of Commerce found that San Francisco led the state in candy production, and that the state ranked eighth nationally. In San Francisco, over 4,000 people were employed in making candy and related products.

Photo of the Haas Candy Factory, which was listed in the National Register of Historic Places - NPS in 2000. https://catalog.archives.gov/id/123861141

The National Park Service is now accepting applications for the Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grant program. The SAT pr...
10/11/2023

The National Park Service is now accepting applications for the Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grant program. The SAT program provides preservation and conservation assistance to nationally significant historic sites and collections. $26.5 million will be competitively awarded. Deadline for the application is December 19, 2023.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks received a 2020 SAT grant for the preservation of the homestead at Chief Plenty Coups State Park.

The National Park Service is now accepting applications for the Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grant program. The SAT program provides preservation and conservation assistance to nationally significant historic sites and collections. $26.5 million will be competitively awarded. Deadline for the application is December 19, 2023.

http://go.nps.gov/sat

Image: Chief Plenty Coups house awarded SAT grant in 2020. Credit Sarah Scott.

Having a historic resources survey can make a huge difference in the outcomes following a disaster. In partnership with ...
10/06/2023

Having a historic resources survey can make a huge difference in the outcomes following a disaster. In partnership with the National Park Service's State, Tribal, Loca, Plans & Grants, National Alliance of Preservation Commissions developed CRSurveyor to make it easier for communities to document architectural and archaeological resources digitally before and after a disaster. Through the Esri ArcGIS Field Maps platform, the collected information is saved into a data structure that matches the National Park Service cultural resource standards and catalogs many National Register of Historic Places - NPS required fields.

Learn more about CRSurveyor here: https://www.napcommissions.org/crsurveyor

📸: CRSurveyor demo in Puerto Rico January 2023

Having a historic resources survey can make a huge difference in the outcomes following a disaster. In partnership with Heritage & Historic Preservation - NPS, NAPC developed CRSurveyor to make it easier for communities to document architectural and archaeological resource digitally before and after a disaster. Through the Esri ArcGIS Field Maps platform, the collected information is saved into a data structure that matches the National Park Service cultural resource standards and catalogs many National Register required fields.

Learn more about CRSurveyor here: https://www.napcommissions.org/crsurveyor

📸: CRSurveyor demo in Puerto Rico January 2023

The National Park Service’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) grant program is now accepting application...
10/05/2023

The National Park Service’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) grant program is now accepting applications for FY2023 competitive grants. HBCU grants fund a broad range of pre-preservation planning activities and physical preservation of historic structures on HBCU campuses. Congress has appropriated $10 million for the HBCU program. Applications are due January 17, 2024.

Information about grant funding for Historically Black Colleges & Universities to support work on historic sites.

The National Park Service is pleased to announce that the Save America's Treasures (SAT) grant program is now accepting ...
10/05/2023

The National Park Service is pleased to announce that the Save America's Treasures (SAT) grant program is now accepting applications. Congress has appropriated $26.5 million in FY2023 funding for Collections and Preservation projects. Applications are due December 19, 2023. The SAT program is administered by NPS in partnership with Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Endowment for the Humanities.

The National Park Service is pleased to announce that the Save America's Treasures (SAT) grant program is now accepting applications. The Save America’s Treasures grant program was established in 1998 and first awarded grants in 1999 to help preserve nationally significant historic properties and ...

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 -Oct. 15) the State, Tribal, Local, Plans and Grants (STLPG) divisio...
10/03/2023

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 -Oct. 15) the State, Tribal, Local, Plans and Grants (STLPG) division of the National Park Service announces the most recent addition to the STLPG website, En Español - Historic Preservation Fund (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov). En Español provides resources in Spanish for those considering application to one of the eight competitive grant programs managed by STLPG. All funding for competitive grants come from the Historic Preservation Fund.

Individual grant program fact sheets, grant application instructions, “how to” complete SF-424, and a FAQ’s page have been translated into Spanish to serve as tools for applicants. Competitive grant programs provide financial assistance to support historic preservation and history projects to States, Tribes, local governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations to preserve, and highlight the special places and stories reflecting all American history.

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/historicpreservationfund/en-espanol.htm

DEADLINE EXTENDED for the African American Civil Rights (AACR) grant program. Applications are now due November 1, 2023....
10/02/2023

DEADLINE EXTENDED for the African American Civil Rights (AACR) grant program. Applications are now due November 1, 2023. Congress has appropriated $24 million for this program in FY23. Apply now via Grants.gov.

Updated Deadline: African American Civil Rights (AACR) FY2023 now due November 1st National Park Service sent this bulletin at 09/29/2023 05:20 PM EDT Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants National Park ServiceU.S. Department of the Interior U...

This September, the National Park Service is observing National Preparedness Month to highlight the importance of planni...
09/26/2023

This September, the National Park Service is observing National Preparedness Month to highlight the importance of planning ahead to protect cultural resources in the event of a natural disaster. Having plans to mitigate damage from future disasters can go a long way towards preserving the historic places important to your community.

NPS recently had the opportunity to see a plan in action at Galveston City Hall in Galveston, Texas. Much of the damage to Galveston City Hall’s exterior walls came from water penetrating and then saturating the terra-cotta window sills during Hurricane Harvey. As recipients of an Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund (ESHPF) grant, administered by the Texas Historical Commission, Galveston City Hall is working to make the structure more resilient by patching or replacing masonry and re-sealing windows.

For more information on the ESHPF and other resources for disaster preparedness and mitigation, see NPS’ Before & After Disasters Guide.

The National Park Service announced today a new Historic Preservation Fund Grant Opportunity for African American Civil ...
09/22/2023

The National Park Service announced today a new Historic Preservation Fund Grant Opportunity for African American Civil Rights Network (AACRN) Members! Congress has appropriated $5 million for this program in FY23. Applications are due November 15, 2023.

Historic Preservation Fund Grant Opportunity for AACRN Members! National Park Service sent this bulletin at 09/22/2023 02:15 PM EDT Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants National Park ServiceU.S. Department of the Interior Historic Preservatio...

Sixty years ago today, on a Sunday morning, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed killi...
09/15/2023

Sixty years ago today, on a Sunday morning, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed killing four girls – Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley. Sarah Collins survived but lost her right eye. This murderous act shocked the nation and galvanized the civil rights movement. The National Park Service is proud to be a part of the rehabilitation efforts providing almost $3 million to help today's congregation protect the church and parsonage as sacred ground in the ongoing fight for equal rights.

Learn more about the history of the 16th Street Baptist Church: https://www.nps.gov/places/sixteenth-street-baptist-church.htm

Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument

The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment f...
09/12/2023

The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), today announced $25.7 million in Save America’s Treasures grants from the Historic Preservation Fund. The funding announced today will support 58 projects in 26 states, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia that will preserve nationally significant sites and collections.

National Park Service and partner agencies announce $25.7 million in Save America’s Treasures grants National Park Service sent this bulletin at 09/12/2023 03:05 PM EDT Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants National Park ServiceU.S. Departme...

The National Park Service (NPS) announced $603,149 in grants today for 10 projects across the country to support the pro...
08/28/2023

The National Park Service (NPS) announced $603,149 in grants today for 10 projects across the country to support the protection of America’s Native cultures.

“These grants help the National Park Service work with American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native organizations to preserve their cultural heritage and reconnect people with their traditions of the past that help inform their future,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams.

Full press release:

National Park Service awards over $603,000 to American Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiian Organizations National Park Service sent this bulletin at 08/28/2023 02:45 PM EDT Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants National Park Ser...

Congratulations to Delaware County Council on their recent award from the Semiquincentennial grant program for the rehab...
08/22/2023

Congratulations to Delaware County Council on their recent award from the Semiquincentennial grant program for the rehabilitation of the 1724 Chester Courthouse. The courthouse is among the earliest public buildings now standing in the United States.

More information on the project is available here: https://delcopa.gov/publicrelations/releases/2023/dccannounces522krehabilitationgrant.html

Photo courtesy of Delaware County.

Delaware County Council Vice Chair Elaine Paul Schaefer, Delaware County Councilwoman Christine Reuther, and Delaware County Planning Department Director Gina Burritt were honored to join Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, members of the Friends of 1724 Chester Courthouse including historian Carol Fire...

The National Park Service (NPS) announced nearly $9.7 million in Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants to 13 subgran...
08/10/2023

The National Park Service (NPS) announced nearly $9.7 million in Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants to 13 subgrant programs in 12 states today to support economic development through the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities across the country.

These grants mark the fifth year of funding for the program honoring the late Paul Bruhn, executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont for nearly 40 years. State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, Certified Local Governments, and nonprofits were eligible to apply for funding to create a subgrant program to fund multiple preservation projects in their rural jurisdictions.

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) announced nearly $9.7 million in Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants to 13 subgrant programs in 12 states today to support economic development through the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities across the country. These grants ma...

Congratulations to Preservation Maryland on their recent award from the Semiquincentennial grant program for the preserv...
08/03/2023

Congratulations to Preservation Maryland on their recent award from the Semiquincentennial grant program for the preservation of the Rock Run Mill. The mill is a contributing resource to the Lower Deer Creek Valley National Historic District, located within Susquehanna State Park in Havre De Grace, Maryland, which is part of the Maryland State Parks system.

Funding from The National Park Service, part of $10 million awarded from the Semiquincentennial Grant Program commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States Preservation Maryland today announced it has been awarded $747,216 in funding from the National Park Service to prese...

The National Park Service (NPS) awarded $10 million today in the second round of funding from the Semiquincentennial Gra...
07/13/2023

The National Park Service (NPS) awarded $10 million today in the second round of funding from the Semiquincentennial Grant Program commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States. Created by Congress in 2020 and funded through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), this round of grants will support 20 cultural resource preservation projects across 14 states.

“The Semiquincentennial is an opportunity for the nation to recognize and reflect on the diverse cultures, events, and places that have helped shape our country,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. “Through the Semiquincentennial Grant Program, the National Park Service is supporting projects that showcase the many places and stories that contributed to the evolution of the American experience.”

National Park Service awards $10 million in funding in Semiquincentennial grants National Park Service sent this bulletin at 07/13/2023 02:00 PM EDT Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants National Park ServiceU.S. Department of the Interior Nat...

The National Park Service is now accepting applications for the African American Civil Rights (AACR) Grant Program! Cong...
07/10/2023

The National Park Service is now accepting applications for the African American Civil Rights (AACR) Grant Program! Congress has appropriated $24 million for this grant program in Fiscal Year 2023. Applications are due October 10, 2023.

African American Civil Rights FY2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity National Park Service sent this bulletin at 07/10/2023 04:40 PM EDT Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page. State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants National Park ServiceU.S. Department of the Interior African American....

At the Great Falls: The Kchi Pôntegok Petroglyph Project. A  Park Service Underrepresented Communities (URC) Grant funde...
07/05/2023

At the Great Falls: The Kchi Pôntegok Petroglyph Project. A Park Service Underrepresented Communities (URC) Grant funded a partnership between the Abenaki Elnu Tribe and the Town of Rockingham, Vermont, a Certified Local Government. The URC grant will help them amend the Bellow Falls Island National Register listing to include these highly significant petroglyphs. Their goals are to affirm the sacredness of the Bellows Falls Petroglyph Site and to address cultural representational inequalities by including Abenaki resources in the National Register historic district.

URC grant applications are open through July 18! More info at go.nps.gov/urc. Check out the Town of Rockingham’s page about the project, including some fascinating old photos, here: https://www.rockinghamvt.org/kchi-pontegok

Prior to 1814, other American symbols were more prominent than the American flag. Early American gold coins, for example...
07/04/2023

Prior to 1814, other American symbols were more prominent than the American flag. Early American gold coins, for example, featured the eagle and the Liberty Cap. While the Liberty Cap is scarcely recognized today, the American flag has grown in importance. The flag became the primary symbol of American patriotism after Francis Scott Key's poetic account of the bombardment of Fort McHenry, known as the Star-Spangled Banner, stirred a powerful sentiment in the American people.

In 1999, the National Endowment for the Humanities received an inaugural grant from the Save America's Treasures program for Star Spangled Banner and other documents.

Learn more about the Star-Spangled Banner from NEH: https://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plans/oh-say-can-you-see-what-star-spangled-banner-means

Text adapted from NEH. Photo from the Library of Congress.

Happy  ! Today we celebrate the   (Certified Local Government) of Town of West Seneca, New York, a   since February 2023...
07/03/2023

Happy ! Today we celebrate the (Certified Local Government) of Town of West Seneca, New York, a since February 2023.
West Seneca is on the ancestral land of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Wenrohronon People, and is named after the Senecas, who were members of the Iroquois Confederacy.
Incorporated in 1851, West Seneca was first settled by mostly German immigrants in the early 19th century. The Ebenezer Society was one of the religious groups that moved to Western New York to escape persecution in Europe. They promoted communal living and created thriving farm settlements.
The Community of True Inspiration Residence (National Register #13000447) is a vernacular style structure built in 1850. The building was originally a residential structure and was designed with the principles of common ownership and plain living that the Ebenezer Society espoused. By the mid-19th century, most of the community moved to Iowa where there was more land. Today the structure serves as the West Seneca Historical Society and Museum.
West Seneca has changed from a primarily agricultural settlement to a growing suburb of Buffalo with parks, schools, and many industries.
Located within 60 miles of a National Park site, West Seneca is a .


Information for this post sourced from National Park Service, Native Land Digital, the National Register of Historic Places, Town of West Seneca, and the West Seneca Historical Society and Museum.

Pictured Here: (First) “Community of True Inspiration Residence, West Seneca, NY, April 2013. Now home of the West Seneca Historical Society” by Pubdog from Wikimedia Commons [A white 1 ½ story building with clapboard siding and a gable roof, a sign hangs in by the entrance sidewalk].
(Second) “Union Road business district, West Seneca, New York – 20220808” by Andre Carrotflower from Wikimedia Commons [A commercial road lined with stores on either side].


Sources:
http://www.westseneca.net/ .tab=0
http://www.westseneca.net/about-west-seneca/history .tab=0
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http://www.westseneca.net/about-west-seneca/history/historical-museum .tab=0
Images:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Community_of_True_Inspiration_Residence_(West_Seneca_Historical_Society_Museum),_West_Seneca,_New_York,_April_2013.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Union_Road_business_district,_West_Seneca,_New_York_-_20220808.jpg

The work of organizations like the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, partly funded by an NPS Underrepresented Communities...
06/28/2023

The work of organizations like the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, partly funded by an NPS Underrepresented Communities Grant, is starting to tip the scales. It’s nominated more than a third of the LGBTQ+ sites currently on the National Register of Historic Places - NPS. Many other such projects and historical surveys have taken off in cities and states including Los Angeles, Chicago, Kentucky, St. Louis, Maryland, Virginia and many others. The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project maintains a list of similar national and international projects. And many of these projects operate with a growing sense of urgency. https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/tips/lgbtq-historic-places/

Activists are working to preserve sites that reveal the deep roots of America’s LGBTQ+ communities.

Happy  ! Today we welcome the   (Certified Local Government) of City of Venice, Florida, a   since June 2023.Venice is o...
06/26/2023

Happy ! Today we welcome the (Certified Local Government) of City of Venice, Florida, a since June 2023.

Venice is on the ancestral land of the Calusa, Seminole, Mascogo and Miccosukee People.

“The City of Venice was incorporated on July 1, 1926 during the heart of the Florida Land Boom. Situated on the Gulf of Mexico halfway between Tampa and Ft. Myers, Venice was developed by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers as an investment, and they hired renowned city planner John Nolen to create its plan. The Florida Land Bust and Great Depression brought development to a halt. But Venice has a history of survival and growth. In the 1930s the Kentucky Military Institute took over two of the abandoned hotels as their winter campus. They would call Venice home until the 1970s. During World War II, the Venice Army Air Base trained pilots and mechanics on several varieties of fighter planes. The infusion of personnel and supporting civilians almost doubled the population. The post-war boom continued the city’s growth. It was enhanced in the 1960s when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus made Venice their winter headquarters for the next 30 years.

“Discussion began as far back as 2015 regarding the decision to become a Certified Local Government. With the city nearing its centennial and with the recent rewrite of our Land Development Regulations, discussions of becoming a CLG became serious. With citizen outpouring about protecting the city’s past, City Council made the decision to pursue CLG status and directed staff and the Planning Commission to write up the preservation portion of the code to meet CLG guidelines. Venice currently has six properties on the National Register of Historic Places, 10 on the Local Register of Historic Resources, and 5 National Historic Districts. Venice sought CLG status both to show its commitment to preservation as well as to tap into CLG grant funds for surveys and other projects.”

Located within 60 miles of a National Park boundary, Venice is a .



Pictured Here: (First) “Members of the City of Venice Historic and Architectural Preservation Board pose outside City Hall” [A small group of people standing in front or arches flanked by two potted plants]. (Second) “The downtown Venice shopping area” [A view of a wide street with palm trees, decorative plantings, and a row of two-story commercial buildings]. (Third) “One of the early homes built in Venice during its development in the 1920s” [A two story residential structure with a tile roof surrounded by palm trees and a lawn]. (Fourth) “Herron House – Venice is also home to many fine examples of the Sarasota School of Architecture” [A wide structure with a curved roof and glass window façade surrounded by decorative trees and a lawn].
All photos courtesy City of Venice.

Information for this post provided by the City of Venice and additional information sourced from National Park Service and Native Land Digital.

In FY2022, Congress appropriated $26.1 million in Heritage Partnership Program Funding to support National Heritage Area...
06/23/2023

In FY2022, Congress appropriated $26.1 million in Heritage Partnership Program Funding to support National Heritage Areas (NHA) across the country. The National Park Service NHA Program's FY22 "By the Numbers" Annual Report provides summary statistics as well as highlights a selection of activities supported by these appropriations.https://www.nps.gov/subjects/heritageareas/upload/By-the-Numbers-2022_FINAL_May-16_508.pdf

National Heritage Areas are places where historic, cultural, and natural resources combine to form cohesive, nationally important landscapes. Unlike national parks, National Heritage Areas are large lived-in landscapes. Consequently, National Heritage Area entities collaborate with communities to de...

06/23/2023

How can technology help us connect with and learn from the past? Have you imagined new ways to bring historic Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War sites alive for people today? If so, ABPP’s Battlefield Interpretation Grants are here to help you make your ideas real! To learn more about these grants, head to: https://go.nps.gov/ABPP-BIG 💸

These grants offer up to 50% matching funds for projects to develop innovative interpretation and education at eligible battlefield sites.

Last year’s grant recipients used funds to develop battlefield interpretation through augmented reality, smartphone apps, educational signs, and virtual field trips. Read all about their projects: https://go.nps.gov/ABPP-BIGSucccessStories

Grants are available at the scoping level for planning and development and at the implementation level for projects ready for completion. All grant funds are awarded through a competitive merit review process. State, tribal, and local governments as well as non-profits are eligible to apply.

DEADLINE REMINDER!! Applications for the Underrepresented Communities Grant Program (URC) grant program are due July 18,...
06/20/2023

DEADLINE REMINDER!! Applications for the Underrepresented Communities Grant Program (URC) grant program are due July 18, 2023. These grants work towards diversifying the nominations submitted to the National Register of Historic Places - NPS. Projects include surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register, as well as the development of nominations to the National Register for specific sites. Congress has appropriated $1.25 million for the 2023 URC grant program. Nonprofit organizations are now eligible to apply.

urc notice of funding opportunity fy2020

Happy  ! Today we celebrate the City of Galveston, Texas a   (Certified Local Government) since July 2001.Galveston is o...
06/19/2023

Happy ! Today we celebrate the City of Galveston, Texas a (Certified Local Government) since July 2001.

Galveston is on the ancestral land of the Coahuiltecan, Karankawa, Atakapa Ishak, Carrizo/Comecrudo, and Akokisa People.

The island city gets its name from Galveston Bay, which was named in 1785 in honor of Bernardo de Galvez, the viceroy of Mexico.

June 19 is , the commemoration of June 19, 1865, when Union Army General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with over 2,000 Federal soldiers to announce the end of slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation had been passed more than 2 years prior, on September 22, 2862, but the state of Texas did not readily accept the order and the low number of Union troop in the area made it difficult to enforce.

One notable site in this city is the Ashton Villa (National Register #69000204), it is believed that this is one of the may places where General Granger read the order in Galveston. Built in 1858 by a hardware merchant, the Ashton Villa is one of the few Mediterranean type structures of this time on the Gulf coast. The villa was the headquarters for the Confederate Army and later the Union Army after the battle of Galveston Bay during the Civil War.

In the years following 1865, Juneteenth has grown from small local celebrations to a holiday recognized across the nation. Texas was the first state to declare Juneteenth a holiday in the 1970s. Today, Galveston continues to honor the legacy of Emancipation Day.



Information for this post sourced from National Park Service, Native Land Digital, the National Register of Historic Places, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston Historical Foundation, and Texas State Historical Association.

Pictured Here: (First) “Galveston Texas Skyline” by Nsaum75 from Wikimedia Commons [A view of a city with several trees, tall buildings, and the ocean visible in the background]. (Second) “Ashton Villa, rear façade – north elevation” by Texas State Historical Survey Committee 7/24/69 from the National Register of Historic Places [A 3-story building with a front porch and decorative moldings]. (Third) “Ashton Villa, built in 1858-59, was the first of Galveston's Broadway "palaces," as well as the first brick house to be built in Texas” by Carol M. Highsmith from Library of Congress [A three-story brick building with several palm trees, a metal fence, and stone sidewalk].

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