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National Parks

National parks located within the Lower Mississippi River Valley of the United States work to protect, preserve, and interpret the nation's significant natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the region. These parks foster cooperation with state and local preservation organizations to ensure the preservation of important resources within the region.

Federal Agencies

Federal agencies of the United States whose programs work to protect and preserve significant natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the region.

State Parks

Like the United States federal government, the states have also set aside lands and resources to protect, preserve, and interpret significant natural, cultural, and recreational resources.

State Historic Preservation Offices

State Historic Preservation Offices serve an important role by identifying and preserving sites of historic interest within their respective states.

Federal, State, and Local Preservation Organizations

Federal, state, and local preservation organizations assist in the task of preserving our nation's heritage through a variety of valuable programs and efforts. 

National Parks

ARKANSAS

Arkansas Post National Memorial
The park commemorates the first permanent French settlement founded in 1686 in the Lower Mississippi Valley.

KENTUCKY

Mammoth Cave National Park
The park was established to preserve the cave system, including Mammoth Cave, the scenic river valley of the Green and Nolin Rivers, and a section of the hilly country of south central Kentucky.

LOUISIANA

Cane River Creole National Historical Park and Heritage Area
The park preserves significant landscapes, sites, and structures associated with the development of Creole culture in both urban and rural settings. Oakland Plantation, the outbuildings of Magnolia Plantation, Cane River corridor, the historic district of the town of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and the Fort Jesup and Las Adaes sites are important components.

Jean LaFitte National Historical Park and Preserve
The park consists of Barataria, Chalmette, the French Quarter, and the Acadian units. The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center at Eunice and the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center at Thibodaux interpret Cajun culture and history. Barataria, south of New Orleans, has trails and canoe tours through bottomland hardwood forests, swamp, and marsh. Chalmette, east of New Orleans, was the scene of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans. The French Quarter unit interprets the ethnic population of the Delta. Several cultural centers maintain ties to distinctive, long-established groups with ethnic identities and operate in the park through cooperative agreements.

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
The park preserves, educates, and interprets jazz as it has evolved in New Orleans. It provides technical assistance to a broad range of organizations involved with jazz music and its history.

MISSISSIPPI

Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site
The Confederate cavalry was employed with extraordinary skill here during the Civil War battle of June 10, 1864.

Natchez National Historical Park
European settlement of Natchez began with a French trading post in 1714. In the decade before the Civil War, Natchez became a commercial, cultural, and social center of the Southís cotton belt, with power and wealth unmatched by other southern towns of comparable size. The city of Natchez today represents one of the best preserved concentrations of significant antebellum properties in the United States.

Natchez Trace Parkway
This historic route generally follows the trace, or trail, used by American Indians and early settlers, between Nashville, Tennessee, and Natchez, Mississippi. Of the estimated 445 miles of parkway, 419 are completed.

Tupelo National Battlefield
Here, on July 13-14, 1864, Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest tried to cut the railroad supplying the Union's march on Atlanta.

Vicksburg National Military Park
Reconstructed forts and trenches evoke memories of the 47-day siege that ended in the surrender of the city on July 4 1863. Victory gave the North control of the Mississippi River. The Civil War ironclad gunboat, USS Cairo, is on display. Vicksburg National Cemetery—18,244 interments, 12,954 unidentified—is within the park.

MISSOURI

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
This park on St. Louisís Mississippi river front memorializes Thomas Jefferson and others who directed territorial expansion of the United States. In the nearby courthouse, Dred Scott sued for freedom in the historic slavery case. (more)

TENNESSEE

Shiloh National Military Park and Cemetery
On April 6, 1862, Confederate forces attacked unsuspecting Union troops encamped at Pittsburgh Landing. One day later, a bolstered Federal army retook lost ground near Shiloh Church, compelling the southerners to retreat to their base at Corinth, Mississippi. Within the park, both the Shiloh National Cemetery and the Shiloh Indian Mounds National Historic Landmark overlook the Tennessee River.

Federal Agencies

National Park Service - Southeast Regional Office
100 Alabama St. S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

National Park Service - Denver Service Center
12795 West Alameda Parkway
P.O. Box 25287
Denver, Colorado 80225-0287

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

State Parks

Arkansas
Toltec
Parkin

Louisiana
Poverty Point
Marksville

Mississippi
Winterville

State Historic Preservation Offices

ARKANSAS

Mrs. Cathryn H. Slater, Director
Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
1500 Tower Building
323 Center Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
501-324-9880
FAX: 501-324-9184

ILLINOIS

Mr. William L. Wheeler, Associate Director
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Preservation Services Division
Old State Capitol
Springfield, Illinois 62701
217-785-9045
FAX: 217-524-7525
(St. Address: 500 E. Madison)

KENTUCKY

Mr. David Morgan
State Historic Preservation Officer & Dir., Kentucky Heritage Council
300 Washington Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
502-564-7005
FAX: 502-564-5820

LOUISIANA

Mrs. Gerri J. Hobdy, Assistant Secretary
Office of Cultural Development
P.O. Box 44247
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804
504-342-8200
FAX: 504-342-8173

MISSISSIPPI

Mr. Elbert Hilliard, Director
State of Mississippi Department of Archives and History
P.O. Box 571
Jackson, Mississippi 39205
601-359-6850
FAX: 601-359-6905

MISSOURI

Mr. David A. Shorr, Director
Department of Natural Resources
P.O. Box 176
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
314-751-4732
FAX: 314-526-2852

TENNESSEE

Mr. Ollie Keller, Deputy Commissioner
Department of Environment and Conservation and State Historic Preservation Officer
2941 Lebanon Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0442
615-532-0105
FAX: 615-532-1549

Federal, State, and Local Preservation Organizations

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
1001 Howard Avenue, Suite 3110
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113-2065
phone: 504-523-4352
fax: 504-529-2358
leh@communique.net

The Lower Mississippi Delta Development Center, Inc.
Agricenter International
7777 Walnut Grove Road, Box 27
Memphis, Tennessee
phone: 901-753-1400
fax: 901-753-2613

American Indian Center of Arkansas
1100 North University, Suite 133
Little Rock, Arkansas 72207-6344

Center for the Study of Southern Culture
Oxford, Mississippi

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Mr. Richard Moe, President
National Trust for Historic Preservation
1785 Massachusetts Avenue NW.
Washington, D.C. 20036
202-673-4000
FAX: 202-673-4059
Grants Mgr.: Judie Mayne (202-673-4147)

National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers
(NCSHPO)
Mr. Eric Hertfelder, Executive Director
National Conference State Historic Preservation Officers
Hall of the States
444 No. Capitol Street, NW., Suite 332
Washington, D.C. 20001
202-624-5465
FAX: 202-624-5419

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Dr. Robert D. Bush, Executive Director
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
The Old Post Office Building
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 809
Washington, D.C. 20004
202-606-8503
FAX: 606-1172

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Office of Education and Preservation
Mr. Ronald D. Anzalone, Director
Office of Education & Preservation Assistance
Old Post Office Building
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 803
Washington, D.C. 20004
202-606-8505

National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property
Mr. Lawrence L. Reger, President
National Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Property
3299 K Street, NW, Suite 602
Washington, D.C. 20037
202-625-1495
FAX: 202-625-1485

Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism,
Louisiana Office of Tourism
Sharon Calcote
Rural Tourism Development
Capital Annex Building, 1051 Riverside N.
P.O. Box 94291
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-9291
(504) 342-8142
FAX: (504) 342-1051

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