Some big news for Delaware

Senator Tom Carper
2013-04-12 10:16:30
Carper's Connection Some big news for Delaware April 12, 2013 Hi there, I'm proud to share some big news for Delaware. On March 25, 2013, President Barack Obama established the First State National Monument as America's 400th national park site and the first unit of the national park system in Delaware. This new park is comprised of three historic areas: The Dover Green; The New Castle Court House complex, including the courthouse, Green and Sheriff’s House; and,  The Woodlawn property. Our monument will tell the story of the early Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, and English settlement of the colony of Delaware, as well as Delaware's historic role as the first state to ratify the Constitution. After years of work by people in communities across Delaware, state and local leaders, civic groups and businesses – and years of Delawareans paying taxes that fund the National Park Service without having a park of our own – we were finally able to get the national park unit we deserve. Hopefully soon, our state will begin to see the economic boost from tourism that a national park unit can bring. The very next day, on March 26, I joined Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and New Castle Mayor Don Reese at the Old Sheriff’s House in Old New Castle on a crisp spring afternoon to celebrate our new monument and our state’s rich history. The celebration was particularly timely as we also marked the 375th anniversary of the first Swedes and Finns to land in this country on the shores of the Christina River the same week. It was a fitting tribute to a point in history which had a significant impact on both our state and our nation.   For more photos from the event in New Castle, click here. Even though I'm so proud of this milestone, my work to get the story of Delaware's early settlements and its role in the birth of our nation told through a National Park is not done. I'll continue working hard to include all of the historic sites outlined in my First State National Historical Park legislation, which passed in the Senate. Simply put, I won't give up. You can read more about my full plan for our own national park here. Our state – the First State – has a unique and important story. This national monument begins to tell it, and I won't rest until a full national park brings people from all over the world to Delaware to hear it. Thanks,
Some big news for Delaware

April 12, 2013

Hi there,

I'm proud to share some big news for Delaware.

On March 25, 2013, as America's 400th national park site and the first unit of the national park system in Delaware. This new park is comprised of three historic areas:

  1. The Dover Green;
  2. The New Castle Court House complex, including the courthouse, Green and Sheriff’s House; and, 
  3. The Woodlawn property .

Our monument will tell the story of the early Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, and English settlement of the colony of Delaware, as well as Delaware's historic role as the first state to ratify the Constitution. After years of work by people in communities across Delaware, state and local leaders, civic groups and businesses – and years of Delawareans paying taxes that fund the National Park Service without having a park of our own – we were finally able to get the national park unit we deserve. Hopefully soon, our state will begin to see the economic boost from tourism that a national park unit can bring.

The very next day, on March 26, on a crisp spring afternoon to celebrate our new monument and our state’s rich history. The celebration was particularly timely as we also marked the 375th anniversary of the first Swedes and Finns to land in this country on the shores of the Christina River the same week. It was a fitting tribute to a point in history which had a significant impact on both our state and our nation.

 

For more photos from the event in New Castle, click

Even though I'm so proud of this milestone, my work to get the story of Delaware's early settlements and its role in the birth of our nation told through a National Park is not done. I'll continue working hard to include all of the historic sites outlined in my First State National Historical Park legislation, which passed in the Senate. Simply put, I won't give up. You can read more about my full plan for our own national park Our state – the First State – has a unique and important story. This national monument begins to tell it, and I won't rest until a full national park brings people from all over the world to Delaware to hear it.

Thanks,

U.S. Senator Tom Carper

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