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May 27, 2018

National park plans remain in infancy


February 16, 2015

After years of talk, planning and incremental phases of development, the historic Blackstone Valley appears headed toward national fame as a National Park, telling the story of the American Industrial Revolution and the immigration that helped fuel it.

But while President Barack Obama signed federal legislation creating the national heritage park, exactly what that higher designation will bring to the National Heritage Corridor, created by Congress in 1986, is still percolating and not ready to be poured into a final form.

“There is going to be a national park, but we don’t know yet what it will be. Its boundaries have yet to be established, and the National Park Service has to set up a management plan,” Charlene Cutler, executive director of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, said of the development work still pending for the new park.
The planning process of what the new park will offer and look like in the future is just getting started, Cutler noted, and there will be a series of meetings beginning in the near future to discuss those options.

“It is very important for everyone to stay involved and participate in the stakeholder meetings,” she said.

Full story appears on Page A1 of Tuesday’s Call and Tuesday’s Times.

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National park plans remain in infancy

RI, Mass. map Blackstone River heritage park

PROVIDENCE — Officials from Massachusetts and Rhode Island are figuring out the boundaries of a park along the Blackstone River.

The Providence Journal reports, http://bit.ly/1gE23RO, that officials met Monday in Pawtucket near Old Slater Mill, which is considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America and will be a key piece of the Blackstone River National Historical Park.

President Barack Obama recently signed legislation establishing Rhode Island’s first national historical park.

It will include the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket and three other sites in Rhode Island and three in Massachusetts. It’s in the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor from Worcester to Providence.

It’s part of an effort to better protect the cultural sites along the river.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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RI, Mass. map Blackstone River heritage park

Rhode Island, Massachusetts maps park on Blackstone River

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Officials from Massachusetts and Rhode Island are figuring out the boundaries of a park along the Blackstone River.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1gE23RO ) that officials met Monday in Pawtucket near Old Slater Mill, which is considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America and will be a key piece of the Blackstone River National Historical Park.

President Barack Obama recently bsigned legislation establishing Rhode Island’s first national historical park.

It will include the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket and three other sites in Rhode Island and three in Massachusetts. It’s in the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor from Worcester to Providence.

It’s part of an effort to better protect the cultural sites along the river.

Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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Rhode Island, Massachusetts maps park on Blackstone River

Congress mulls Blackstone historical park plan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A plan to establish a national historical park in the Blackstone Valley is going before Congress.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed has been pushing the plan for a Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park for years. The Rhode Island Democrat’s office said Wednesday the plan was due for votes in the House and Senate by next week as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.

The plan would put a new national historical park along the river, which includes several old mill towns and buildings including the Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket, the first successful cotton-spinning factory in the United States.

The area is already home to the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, which links 24 communities along the Blackstone River from Worcester, Massachusetts, to Providence.

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Congress mulls Blackstone historical park plan