Establishing a New Park
Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park was authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 on March 23, 2018. The act incorporates by reference Section 7134 of Senate Bill 1460, which authorizes the establishment of Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park as a unit of the National Park System "to preserve, protect, and interpret for the benefit of present and future generations the themes of French settlement, vernacular architecture, and community form and farming on the frontier associated with Ste. Genevieve." The authorization includes the following conditions:
"CONDITIONS FOR ESTABLISHMENT - The Historical Park shall not be established until the date on which the Secretary determines that:
(A) sufficient land has been acquired for the Historical Park to constitute a manageable unit; and (B) the Secretary has entered into a written agreement providing that land owned by the State, the City of Ste. Genevieve, or other entity within the Historic District shall be managed consistent with the purposes of this section."
We have already made progress. During its 2018 legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly passed Senate Bill 907, authorizing the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to convey property in Ste. Genevieve to the United States for inclusion in this unit of the National Park Service. On July 17, 2018, the Midwest Regional Director of the National Park Service approved the acquisition through donation of the property known as the Bauvais-Amoureux House within the boundary of the area identified for the park. This is a positive first step toward establishing this new park unit.
"As part of Public Law 116-9, the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, the authorized boundary of Ste. Genevieve NHP was expanded to include the Centre for French Colonial Life at 198 Market Street. Inclusion in the boundary enables the National Park Service to purchase or accept donation of this non-historic property."
You can view the Ste. Genevieve Final Special Resources Study and Environmental Assessment, which is referenced in the legislation.
The National Park Service and Department of Interior will work with state and local entities towards meeting the conditions for establishment of Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park. The establishment of a new national park can take time, as can making a site ready for NPS operation and visitation. We appreciate your continued interest in Ste. Genevieve as the newest authorized unit of the national park system.