Historic forts face many challenges. In the face of shrinking budgets, these large, complex, historic structures test the skills of National Park Service preservationists, resource managers, and managers.
Enjoy a few videos and articles that demonstrate the diversity of the challenges presented by historic forts and how the National Park Service and our partners work to preserve historic forts for future generations.
In our mission to preserve and protect America's cultural and historical resources, the National Park Service maintains over 27,000 significant structures. Carrying out this important task, the Preservation and Skills Training Program (PAST) mentors NPS personnel on preservation techniques, theories, and methods. Here at Cabrillo National Monument, Chief of Maintenance, Charles Schultheis, and the PAST team work diligently to preserve our park's historic and military landmarks, including the iconic Point Loma Lighthouse. This program plays an integral role in safeguarding America's heritage. while training the next generation of park stewards.
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Get acquainted with how the Fort Jefferson Stabilization Project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) (6:59 minutes).
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The great temple of Kamehameha the Great, Puʻukoholā Heiau rises majestically above the turquoise waters of the Pacific, a silent testament to the most renowned king of Hawaiʻi. Puʻukoholā Heiau displays the skill of chiefs, men, women, and children alike. Mailekini Heiau, the temple-turned-fort that once thundered with the sound of cannons, continues to stand guard while the sharks return most days to Hale o Kapuni Heiau, the submerged ruins of a temple once dedicated to them. Join Puʻukoholā Heiau NHS Superintendent Daniel Kawaiaea Jr. as he shares a special evening about where the history-makers of Hawaiʻi lived and where their history comes to life.
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Last updated: November 21, 2018