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Girls' Leadership Workshop at the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill

The Girls' Leadership Workshop mission is to provide high school girls of diverse cultures and backgrounds with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to exercise leadership rooted in courage, compassion, and perseverance as modeled by Eleanor Roosevelt. This project allows girls to travel from around the country to Val-Kill in New York state to experience workshops, interactive seminars, creative and cultural activities, a service project, and field trips. The program forges a link between the historic site of Val-Kill, the role model Eleanor Roosevelt, and the participants. The program not only benefits the girls who come to the site each summer, but also hundreds of students as the girls go back to their high schools to conduct assemblies and workshops to share what they learned. The partners in this project include the Dyson Foundation, Louis Greenspan Trust, Handel Foundation, Patrina Foundation, and Sherman Furniture Rentals.

Rabbit Creek Greenbelt Trail Construction

Among Anchorage’s renowned trails and parks is the Rabbit Creek Greenbelt--a 100+ acre municipally-owned wilderness parkland in south Anchorage. While existing as dedicated parkland for several decades, it was inaccessible to the surrounding neighborhoods due to dense vegetation and absence of trails and trailheads. Beginning in 2002, the Rabbit Creek Community Council (RCCC) and the Anchorage Trails and Greenways Coalition (ATGC) partnered with Anchorage Parks Department to remedy the situation by obtaining funding and volunteers to construct a 36’ footbridge, and over a mile of trails that joined three trailheads in the south and east portions of the greenbelt. In this first phase of the project, the trail ended at the creek, leaving hikers only one option—return the way they came; additionally, residents on the northern border were left without formal access. Challenge Cost Share funding, in part, was used by the community to realize its dream of connecting the trail systems.

The NPS-Challenge Cost Share funds enabled the community to complete the one mile north/south access through the greenbelt. This connection trail fulfills several policies of Anchorage’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan which states as its goal that access should be made from neighborhoods to parklands and that connections should be made between established park and trail systems. To accomplish this connecting trail project, the Rabbit Creek Community Council used volunteers and augmented the effort by partnering with the Forestry Intern Program (FIP) of the State of Alaska, Division of Forestry. These interns provides skilled workers, transportation, tools and supervision at a nominal cost while allowing young adults additional experience that could lead to careers in natural resource fields. After consultation with NPS’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program personnel and final approval from the Municipal Parks Commission, the crew was able to clear the 1 mile routes in one week, with volunteers completing the project before salmon-spawning season. Northern park access and a connection to the city’s established trail system was completed by August 2004.

Development of the Lockhouse 8 Learning Center at C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Lockhouse 8 at the C&O Canal National Historical Park.  Photo courtesy of Ed Tenney.In 2003, the Potomac Conservancy (TPC) and the C&O Canal National Historical Park were awarded a Challenge Cost Share grant of $30,000 for the development of the Lockhouse 8 Learning Center in the C&O Canal NHP near Cabin John, Maryland . The funds are being used for the rehabilitation of Lockhouse 8, a CHOH owned structure. Because of the high visibility of this project, the funds are helping to leverage private and in-kind donations totaling several times the federal contribution. Dating from the 1850s, Lockhouse 8 was once home to the lockkeeper and his family, but had become a dilapidated reminder of a by-gone era. Rehabilitation of the Lockhouse is important because it is located in a high visitation area between the C&O Canal ’s large interpretive centers in Georgetown and Great Falls. Because these visitor centers are several miles away from Lockhouse 8, its rehabilitation will fill an important interpretive need for NPS while providing a setting for the Conservancy’s outreach and education work.

Oral History Project : R. R. Moton High School National Historic Landmark, Farmville, VA

This project focused on developing an oral history program to collect, organize, preserve, and make available the recorded memories of Prince Edward County citizens who experienced and contributed to the historic events associated with the R.R. Moton High School NHL, noted for its role in the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court cases. The former high school is a newly established museum which tells the story of the struggles related to desegregation of public schools in the nation. The oral histories will serve as a foundation for the development of an onsite interpretation program, documentaries, and web-based research resources.


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