Develop GMP for Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site
No Significant Environmental Impact Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site General Management Plan
Washington D.C. - The National Park Service has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site General Management Plan. National Capital Regional Director Stephen E. Whitesell approved the FONSI based on the environmental assessment recommended by National Capital Parks-East superintendent, Alexcy Romero. The National Park Service and the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office signed a memorandum of agreement that outlines the measures to be taken to mitigate the adverse effect to historic structures as proposed in the plan. With the environmental assessment and associated compliance completed, the rehabilitation of Dr. Woodson's home at 1538 9th Street, NW, in Washington, D.C., and the two adjacent buildings located at 1540 and 1542 9th Street, NW, is currently underway. Emergency stabilization work is currently taking place at the national historic site.
Of the two alternatives considered in the environmental assessment, the approved action includes rehabilitating Dr. Woodson's home for the purpose of interpreting the interior spaces for the public while preserving the home's historic integrity. The selected action also includes rehabilitating the interiors of buildings 1540 and 1542 to provide space for interpretive exhibits, offices, access, retail sales, and restrooms. The exteriors of all three buildings will be rehabilitated. None of the proposed actions in the approved action will have a significant impact on cultural resources, visitor use and experience, the socioeconomic environment, or park operations.
The FONSI and MOA can be viewed at the NPS's Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at www.parkplanning.nps.gov/woodsongmp.
For more information about the national historic site, contact the superintendent at National Capital Parks-East at 202-690-5127.
Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site (NHS) at 1538 9th Street, N.W. served as Carter G. Woodson's home from 1915 to 1950. The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was founded by Dr. Woodson who was called the "father of black history." Dr. Woodson founded the association to ensure the continuance of the study of African American history. The Carter G. Woodson Home NHS served as the national headquarters of the Association until the early 1970s. The home was designated a National Historic Landmark on May 11, 1976, and on February 27, 2006 became the 389th unit of the National Park System.