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Contact: David Barna, 202-208-6843
Contact: Kristen McMasters, 202-354-2037
Contact: William Guglielmo, Rome Chamber of Commerce President , 315-337-1700
WASHINGTON - The Rome Area Chamber of Commerce has received a grant of $52,000 from the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) to re-delineate battlefield boundaries using historical accounts and GIS mapping for Fort Stanwix and Oriskany Battlefield in New York.
"We are proud to support projects like this that safeguard and preserve American battlefields," said Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service. "These places are symbols of individual sacrifice and national heritage that we must protect so that this and future generations can understand the struggles that define us as a nation."
This grant is one of 25 National Park Service grants totaling $1.2 million to preserve and protect significant battle sites from all wars fought on American soil. Funded projects preserve battlefields from the Colonial-Indian Wars through World War II and include site mapping (GPS/GIS data collection), archeological studies, National Register of Historic Places nominations, preservation and management plans.
Federal, state, local, and Tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions are eligible for National Park Service battlefield grants which are awarded annually. Since 1996 more than $12 million has been awarded by ABPP to help preserve significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil.
Additional information is online at www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp. To find out more about how the National Park Service helps communities with historic preservation and recreation projects please visit www.nps.gov/communities.