News Release

National Park Service awards $7 million in inaugural Semiquincentennial grant program

Major Reuben Colburn House, Pittstown, Maine. Photo credit: Artifex Architects & Engineers, 2022
Major Reuben Colburn House in Pittstown, Maine.

Artifex Architects & Engineers

News Release Date: August 10, 2022


WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) today awarded $7 million in the inaugural round of funding for the Semiquincentennial Grant Program commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States. Created by Congress in 2020 and funded through the Historic Preservation Fund, this round of grants will support 17 cultural resource preservation projects across 12 states. 

“National parks and National Park Service programs serve to tell authentic and complete history, provide opportunities for exploring the legacies that impact us today and contribute to healing and understanding,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. “Through the Semiquincentennial Grant Program, we are supporting projects that showcase the many places and stories that contributed to the evolution of the American experience.” 

The first round of grants from this program will support projects like: 

  • The rehabilitation of the Colburn House in Pittston, Maine. Major Colburn worked with local Indigenous leaders and colonists to map a water trail route and quickly construct small boats for Benedict Arnold’s campaign to seize Quebec in 1775.  

  • The Catoctin Furnace in Thurmont, Maryland will receive a grant to upgrade the HVAC system in the Museum of the Ironworker, where stories and artifacts related to early industry and labor, both free and enslaved, are interpreted to the public.  

  • In Wisconsin, Lizard Mound State Park will receive a grant to remove invasive trees and reroute walking trails on a 20-acre site containing 28 ceremonial mounds constructed between 750 and 1250 AD. 

Semiquincentennial Grant Recipients








Rehabilitation of the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park 

Friends of the Tubac Presidio and Museum, Inc. 




Rehabilitation of the Henry Whitfield House  

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development 




Rehabilitation of the Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site 

Commonwealth of Kentucky 




James Brice House Window Restoration 

Historic Annapolis Foundation 




Stabilization of the Ironmaster’s Mansion at Catoctin Furnace 

Catoctin Furnace Historical Society 




Rehabilitation of the Museum of the Ironworker at Catoctin Furnace 

Catoctin Furnace Historical Society 




Rehabilitation of the Colburn House State Historic Site 

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry 


New Jersey 


Rehabilitation of the Mansion and Grounds of Morven 

Historic Morven, Inc. 


New Jersey 


Rehabilitation of the Indian King Tavern Building Envelope 

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection 


New Jersey 


Preservation of the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage 

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection 


New York 


Masonry Preservation at Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site 

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation  


North Carolina


Preservation of Colonial Brunswick Town 

North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources 




Rehabilitation of Melrose Cottage 

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania 


Rhode Island 


Exterior Preservation of the Governor Stephen Hopkins House 

Executive Office of the State of Rhode Island 




Rehabilitation of the Main House, Smoke House, and Spring House at Clermont Farm 

Clermont Farm Foundation 



White Marsh 

Rehabilitation of the Timberneck House at Machicomoco State Park 

Fairfield Foundation, Inc. 




Lizard Mound Site Enhancements 

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 



Congress appropriated funding for the Semiquincentennial Grant Program in FY2021 through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF uses revenue from federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, assisting with a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars, with the intent to mitigate the loss of a nonrenewable resource to benefit the preservation of other irreplaceable resources.

Established in 1977, the HPF is authorized at $150 million per year through 2023 and has provided more than $2 billion in historic preservation grants to states, Tribes, local governments, and nonprofit organizations. Administered by the NPS, HPF funds may be appropriated by Congress to support a variety of historic preservation projects to help preserve the nation’s cultural resources.

For more information about NPS historic preservation programs and grants, please visit 

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Last updated: August 18, 2022