Bringing a National Park to the First State

This morning, Delaware’s Senator Tom Carper and Representative John Carney testify before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands on the First State National Historical Park Act of 2011, which authorizes a national park in Delaware.

“For almost a decade, I have been working with federal officials, state officials, community leaders and activists to establish a national park in Delaware,” said Sen. Carper. “National parks are an invaluable resource for understanding our nation’s historic and cultural heritage, as well as our natural environment.  Visitors to Delaware should be able to return to their homes with fond, lasting memories of their national park experience here – memories of how our small state helped to launch the most enduring experiment in democracy that the world has ever known – the United States of America.”

The First State National Historical Park Act of 2011 would create a park celebrating early American Dutch, Swedish and English Settlements located throughout Delaware, and Delaware’s role in the events leading up to  the founding of our nation. The park will include sites and attractions in each of Delaware’s three counties. The legislation also allows the Park Service to work with other historically significant sites related to the national park’s scope to be included in support materials, tours and programs. The legislation is the result of nearly ten years of public hearings and research by the people of Delaware and the Park Service to develop a national park theme.

For more information on the hearing, please click here.

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