VIDEO: You’ve come to the right place to get the video update about how the U.S. Congress has a good chance of passing the proposed legislation creating and funding a Harriet Tubman National Park. The Tubman park and the national women’s history museum are tacked onto a defense authorization bill that has a lot of other projects that would probably otherwise not pass Congress. Sad that worthy projects can’t be addressed on their own merit. This leaves the “Votes for Women” trail in upstate New York hanging. Here’s hoping the park will be up and ready for the New York State suffrage centennial in 2017 and the national suffrage centennial in 2020. Follow SuffrageCentennials.com
The “Cradle” of the women’ rights movement in the U.S. has one national park in Seneca Falls, NY and the possibility of a second, the Harriet Tubman national park in Auburn, NY. However, the U.S. Congress appears to be unable to act so far on the Tubman proposal in spite of widespread public support. See coverage in SuffrageCentennials.com, as well as previous coverage on LetsRockTheCradle.com
The year 2016 may be a momentous one for the National Park Service when it will mark the centennial of its founding. The National Historic Preservation Act will have been in effect for 50 years. A Working Group for the National Council on Public History (NCPH) 2015 annual meeting in Nashville is expected to serve as a collaborative forum for planning a scholarly symposium to mark these important events. The symposium will take place in March 2016 during the NCPH annual meeting in Baltimore.
The intent is to create a symposium not only to commemorate the history of federal preservation, cultural resource management, and historical interpretation, but also to invite dialogue about the future of federal cultural policy and practice. Work has been completed in the past to reframe and energize the goals, purpose, and impact of federal cultural institutions. These initiatives have resulted in a number of internal and external reports –including “Imperiled Promise” and “A Call to Action” in the Park Service and the “Grand Challenges Consortia” program at the Smithsonian.
A pre-conference conversation will be held on History@Work in order to invite the members of a working group–and anyone else interested in joining the conversation–to identify the key themes and issues that should be at the heart of the 2016 symposium. Image: Harriet Tubman home in Auburn, NY. Respond to the call for National Park Service input by December 15. For more information.
VIDEO: Get the U.S. Congress to approve the Tubman National Park.
The Harriet Tubman sites in New York State and Maryland proposed for a national park are significant in terms of the abolitionist and suffrage movements. There’s a direct relationship between the past and the present, in part because of the large support base these historic sites have among people of the respective regions, many of whom are direct descendants of Harriet Tubman. Her life history inspires faith and courage among people even generations later. It will take a determined coalition of people acting together to fund a Harriet Tubman national park, however. The park’s a popular travel destination among a wide variety of people from the U.S. and around the world. And it will be even more so during upcoming suffrage centennials from to 2020, the year of the votes for women centennial across the nation.
LetsRockTheCradle visited the Harriet Tubman historic site in Auburn, NY and wrote about it in 2013 in “New York History.” Check out these special reports: #1. “The Politics of Harriet Tubman and Barack Obama.” #2. “Harriet Tubman and the Projected National Park.” The reports may be a year old, but the background and significance of the proposed national park remains current.
Tell Congress to fund the Harriet Tubman National Park. Make your voice heard! Donate to the Harriet Tubman historic site. While the proposed Harriet Tubman National Park’s status is still uncertain, the Tubman site in Auburn, NY remains in private hands until there is Congressional action. Follow SuffrageCentennials.com