Congressman Mike Turner, co-chair of the Historic Preservation Caucus, released the following statement after the Senate passed the National Park Service Centennial Act, which includes the National Historic Preservation Amendments Act, legislation he authored to reauthorize the Historic Preservation Fund:
“Last night, the Senate acted to advance legislation to preserve our nation’s historic places, parks, and sites for future generations. Reauthorizing the Historic Preservation Fund has been a priority of mine this Congress. I am pleased it has passed both chambers and is headed to the President’s desk for his signature."
Historic Preservation Fund (HPF):
Created in 1976, the Fund derives its funding from Outer Continental Shelf leases rather than taxpayer dollars. The HPF achieves its preservation mission of documenting, preserving and utilizing America’s legacy of historic sites by providing funding to State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and through, at times, competitive grants to identify and rehabilitate historic resources. This essential support spurs job-creating economic development and community revitalization, making it an excellent dollar-for-dollar investment to foster economic growth.
The Fund helped to establish the Wright-Dunbar Village Historic District, the West Dayton neighborhood that was once home to the Wright Brothers and African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.