Eastern National is pleased to announce the awardees of its 2018 Competitive Grant Program. The Competitive Grant Program provides funding to parks to support the educational, scientific, and interpretive activities of the National Park Service. These 31 partners have been awarded grants in the following amounts for a total of $220,494 in funding support.
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park – $5,000 to fund “Walk Through Lincoln’s Life,” an interactive living history event for local school groups.
Assateague Island National Seashore – $10,000 to develop and create informational postcards and cooler straps that promote the importance of proper food storage to protect the park’s herd of wild horses.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area – $5,750 to support the Go Big 2018 Challenge, a yearlong event designed to reach visitors from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and abilities.
Blue Ridge Parkway – $10,000 to support renovations and enhancements to interpretive services at the Moses H. Cone estate.
Cane River Creole – $6,500 to support the Harvest Day Festival, a celebration of the rich heritage and traditions of the Cane River community.
Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site – $5,400 for the development and performance of theatrical vignettes that will introduce the creator of Black History Month to local school groups.
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park – $10,000 for historically accurate furnishings to complement the newly restored Swain’s Lockhouse.
Cowpens National Battlefield – $3,000 to support four professional demonstrators of 18th century skills.
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park – $10,000 to develop an interactive virtual cave exhibit.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park – $10,000 to fund transportation and other expenses for a summer outdoor recreation series called “Get Up, Get Out, and Go!” for students from underserved communities.
Fort Stanwix National Monument – $9,950 to develop “Different Views, Different Voices,” a series of interpretive events and programming geared toward to underrepresented groups to expand the shared understanding of the park’s history.
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site – $9,500 for a theatrical program called “Summer in Anacostia,” which will bring the iconic abolitionist to students from communities with ties to Douglass’ story.
Gulf Islands National Seashore – $10,000 for materials to enhance the park’s popular black powder demonstrations and accompanying interpretation.
Hampton National Historic Site – $8,823 to put on a series of events and programs to bring new, diverse audiences to experience the park’s story.
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park – $4,250 to support interactive and interpretive activities engaging local youth and supporting the park’s Long Range Interpretive Plan.
James A. Garfield National Historic Site – $5,000 to support living history demonstrations at the park’s popular Civil War Encampment weekend.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park – $5,475 for transportation and materials for local elementary school field trips to the park.
Kings Mountain National Military Park – $7,660 to host an immersive creative writing day camp where local students can craft stories from the perspective of real soldiers from the Battle of Kings Mountain.
Lincoln Home National Historic Site – $3,120 to hire living historians to portray Abraham and Mary Lincoln during events celebrating the bicentennial of Illinois.
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park – $2,000 to host a symposium of local authors during the events remembering the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination.
Moores Creek National Battlefield – $8,240 for the creation of an outdoor classroom to engage a diverse group of over 850 local students.
Natchez Trace Parkway – $9,951 to support the annual Wildlife Festival and Bioblitz to inspire the next generation of park stewards.
National Parks of Boston – $9,978 for the development and production of two theatrical experiences that expand existing interpretation of the build-up to the Civil War.
Obed Wild and Scenic River – $3,850 for the creation of three wayside exhibits that will enhance and expand the site’s Dark Sky Park initiatives.
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park – $6,600 to expand and strengthen the park’s relationship with over 400 local elementary schools by funding student field trips to the park and visits to schools by park staff.
Russell Cave National Monument – $6,000 to support an event featuring Native American storytellers and demonstrators.
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site – $3,600 to create a park brochure in Mandarin to serve a growing segment of park visitors.
Salem Maritime and Saugus Ironworks National Historic Sites – $9,547 to develop a new app that expands interpretation of African American history at the sites.
Saratoga National Historical Park – $4,200 for Revolutionary War reproduction clothing to support living history programs.
Shiloh National Military Park – $9,800 to support the Chickasaw Heritage Festival, a two-day interpretive event honoring the area’s Native American heritage.
Vicksburg National Military Park – $7,300 to renovate an important living history demonstration area.
Photo: A participant focuses her camera during Parks in Focus, a program at Obed Wild and Scenic River that was funded by a 2017 EN grant. NPS Photo
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