The National Park Service will hold a public meeting to present the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site General Management Plan and to gather public input and comment. The plan describes alternatives for development, visitor use, and management of the national historic site.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum located at 1925 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC.
The general management plan and environmental assessment will be available for public review during the period of February 13 to March 13, 2012 on the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/woodsongmp. The public may also view a copy of the plan at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site. Comments may be submitted electronically at the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website, by regular mail to: Carter G. Woodson Home NHS GMP, National Park Service, Denver Service Center - P.O. Box 25287, Denver, CO 80225, or by hand delivery to National Park Service, National Capital Parks-East, 1900 Anacostia Drive SE, Washington, DC. Comments must be received by March 13, 2012. Faxed comments and telephone messages will not be accepted.
The National Park Service (NPS) and ASALH are working cooperatively to restore the circa 1870's home of Dr. Woodson. The completed site will provide a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the very place where Woodson lived and worked as he and ASALH brought African American history to life.
Completion of the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site will include a restoration and renovation of historic buildings; development, fabrication, and installation of interpretative exhibits; production and distribution of educational and interpretative materials and other site improvement such as parking, way-finding signs, wayside exhibits and much more.
A Historic Structures Stabilization (HSS) project was completed in July, 2006-This project secured and stabilized the property for future usage, work completed included but was not limited to the reinforcement of floors, cleaning and removal of debris, replacement of broken window glass and securing areas with penetrative potential.
The development of a Historic Resource Study (HRS) is underway. The HRS is the primary document used to identify and manage the historic resources in a park. It is the basis for understanding their significance and interrelationships, a point of departure for development of interpretive plans, and the framework within which additional research should be initiated. With respect to historic structures, a HRS is adequate when three conditions-required for National Register nomination-are met. First, the thematic context must be sufficient to evaluate historical, aesthetic, technical, or scientific associations of structures within the study area. Second, the HRS must contain enough information about the developmental history or evolution of each structure to evaluate its integrity. Third, the study must contain enough information about the contributing environment of each structure to enable National Register boundaries to be defined and possible overlaps with cultural landscapes and archeological or ethnographic resources to be identified.
A Foundation Document Workshop was recently completed with the NPS and ASALH and the information generated from this workshop is under review for distribution-This meeting was a preliminary management planning tool to identify the purpose, significance, interpretative themes and fundamental resources and values of the site prior to the formation of a comprehensive General Management Plan (GMP).
As parks begin planning for their future, it is imperative that everyone has a shared understanding of what is most important about the park, as identified in its purpose, significance, primary interpretive themes, and fundamental resources and values. It is also important to identify the constraints of special mandates that provide sideboards to planning and management. The foundation is the first step of National Park Service general management planning which helps ensure that planning and management stay focused on what is most important. All alternatives to be considered in planning process needed for a new park must be consistent with and contribute to fulfilling the park's purpose, significance, and mandates
Download issues of the General Management Plan Newsletter for Carter G. Woodson National Historic Site.
Did You Know?
Carter G. Woodson was born December 19, 1875 in New Canton, Virginia. He was unable to go to school until he moved to Huntington, West Virginia -- when he was 20 years old.