The National Park Service is preparing a foundation document to guide planning and management of the Reconstruction Era National Monument. The park welcomes all interested persons to participate in this effort.
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. This foundation document will be used to provide guidance for future management and planning decisions at Reconstruction Era National Monument.
As a new unit of the National Park Service, Reconstruction Era National Monument's foundation document will provide a basis for first steps in prioritizing park planning and data needs. It is not intended to provide specific recommendations for future conditions at the park, but will instead guide future park operation decisions by documenting what is most important about the park and understanding what is needed to protect and preserve those assets.
The National Park Service encourages all interested citizens to play a role in outlining the park's future by sharing their thoughts on what is most important about the Reconstruction Era National Monument, potential issues that could threaten future preservation and commemoration of the sites included within the park, and what opportunities exist to improve the protection of this national treasure. The project team will consider public input while developing the plan.
To provide feedback, please select 'Open for Comment' in the left hand side of this webpage. You may also mail comments to the address below and attend a public meeting. Comments submitted by mail or using the park planning website will be most helpful if received by August 18, 2017.
To hear more information and share ideas in person with National Park Service staff, please attend one of three planned open houses in Beaufort County during the week of July 24, 2017:
• Monday, July 24th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Frissell Community House on the campus of Penn Center on St. Helena Island
• Tuesday, July 25th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Town Hall Council Chambers in the town of Port Royal
• Thursday, July 27th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Tabernacle Baptist Church in the city of Beaufort
A formal presentation on the foundation document process will occur at 7:30 pm on July 24 and at 7:00 pm during the other two open houses. Address information for the open houses is listed under 'Meeting Notices' in the left hand side of this webpage.
Melissa English-Rias, Acting Superintendent
Reconstruction Era National Monument
P.O. Box 1719
Beaufort, SC 29901