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Provide your Input on the Foundation Document

The National Park Service is preparing a foundation document to inform planning and management of the Reconstruction Era National Monument.

A foundation document identifies a national park unit's core purpose and significance, its most important resources and values, and the interpretive themes that tell its unique and significant American story. As a new unit of the National Park Service, the Reconstruction Era National Monument's foundation document will provide a basis for first steps in prioritizing park planning and data needs.The park welcomes all interested persons to participate in this effort.

The National Park Service encourages all interested citizens to play a role in outlining the park's future by sharing their thoughts on the following five questions
 
Comment Period: Closed        07/10/2017 - 08/18/2017
Topic Questions:
1. Why are sites associated with Reconstruction Era National Monument (Old Beaufort Firehouse in downtown Beaufort, Camp Saxton on the grounds of the Naval Hospital in Port Royal, and Darrah Hall, Penn Center and Brick Baptist Church on St. Helena Island) important to American History? What ideas or ideals do these places represent?
2. What should people know about the struggle for emancipation, human equality, and the meaning of freedom during the Reconstruction Era in Beaufort County and beyond? What are the most important stories?
3. What are the biggest challenges facing the National Park Service in setting up the Reconstruction Era National Monument?
4. What are the biggest opportunities for the National Park Service in setting up the Reconstruction Era National Monument? What is your vision for the new National Monument?
5. Do you have any other ideas or information you would like to share with the National Park Service about the Reconstruction Era National Monument?
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