The National Park Service has announced it is seeking public input on a study to determine the feasibility of designating the Finger Lakes region of New York as a National Heritage Area. [Read more…] about Finger Lakes Being Considered For National Heritage Area Status
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The National Park Service has named Leslie Morlock Superintendent of Saratoga National Historical Park. Morlock begins her new role on March 28, 2021. [Read more…] about Saratoga NHP Announces New Superintendent
The Grant Cottage State Historic Site, a 19th century residence where U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant completed his memoirs shortly before his death, has been named a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. [Read more…] about Grant Cottage Named National Historic Landmark
Gold Star Families and U.S. military veterans have been granted free access to national parks, national wildlife refuges and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior, beginning Veterans Day (Nov. 11, 2020).
New York State includes few federal lands, but numerous National Park Service locations, including the sites as varied as the battlefields at Saratoga, the Women’s Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls, and the Fire Island National Seashore. [Read more…] about Free Entrance to National Parks, Refuges and Other Public Lands for Vets, Gold Star Families
New York State’s recent acquisition of the 86-acres Parker tract in the Finger Lakes area, recalls the role of New York State Governor and later U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the creation of New York States Forests and Wildlife Management Areas.
The State purchased the parcel from the Parker Trust for $171,300 utilizing federal Pittman-Robertson Act (1937) funds. To ensure that use is in compliance with the Act, the state is planning to include the land in the High Tor Wildlife Management Area in Yates County.
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site has increased recreational access, including the opening of the beach and outdoor programming. Park rangers remain on duty and normal regulations apply. [Read more…] about Sagamore Hill Increases Access to Park Grounds
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
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