Battlefield Preservation Grants Bestowed By National Park Service In 17 States Or Territories

Pequot War

The Pequot War is among the conflicts receiving grant money for battlefield preservation. The Pequot War spanned 1634-38 and pitted the Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, and Seabrook colonies against the Pequot, Narragansett and Mohegan Tribes. Charles Stanley Reinhart engraving, 1890.

A long list of states and sites will receive more than $1.3 million in grants to help preserve, protect, document, and interpret America’s significant battlefield lands. The funding from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) will support 27 projects at more than 75 battlefields nationwide.

Projects in 17 states or territories received grants entailing archeology, mapping,cultural resource survey work, documentation, planning, education and interpretation, said a National Park Service release.

Priority was given to those groups submitting applications for nationally significant battlefields. The majority of awards were given to battlefields listed as Priority I or II sites in the National Park Service’s Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields, published in 1993, and the Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States, published in 2009.

Both studies hotlinked above are key documents in the surging effort to preserve battlefields. As an example, the Civil War Trust’s private preservation efforts are also guided by the report’s assessment of a site’s significance.

The annually awarded grants are can go to federal, state, local and Tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions. Since 1996, the NPS American Battlefield Protection Program has awarded more than $13 million to help preserve significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil.

This year’s grants provide funding for projects at endangered battlefields from the Pequot War, King William’s War, the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, World War II and various Indian Wars.

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said, “We are pleased to provide these grants to help safeguard and preserve these significant American battlefields. Preserving these sites for future generations and providing a means for research and interpretation is a fitting way to honor our nation’s military heritage and the courage and service of our armed forces.”

Recipients of the $1,354,341 in grants include:

Sealaska Heritage Institute (Alaska)
$31,718

Friends of Jenkins Ferry Battlefield (Arkansas)
$40,000

Connecticut River Museum (Connecticut)
$29,800

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center (Connecticut)
$72,450

Gulf Archaeology Research Institute (Florida)
$51,750

The LAMAR Institute Inc. (Georgia)
$68,527

Mableton Improvement Coalition, Inc. (Georgia)
$75,000

Ewa Plains Stables Center - Ewa Plains Programs (Hawaii)
$54,000

Ball State University (Indiana)
$54,416

University of Southern Indiana (Indiana)
$60,241

City of Davenport (Iowa)
$47,150

Civil War Trust (Maryland)
$55,000

Missouri's Civil War Heritage Foundation, Inc. (Missouri)
$28,500

Ships of Exploration and Discovery Research (Saipan)
$76,590

Natural Heritage Trust (New York)
$80,000

The Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York, Inc. (New York)
$67,744

The Research Foundation of State University of New York (New York)
$56,194

Saratoga Preserving Land and Nature (New York)
$21,425

North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (North Carolina)
$50,004

North Dakota State University (North Dakota)
$43,219

Chester County (Pennsylvania)
$58,073

National Park Service, Northeast Regional Office (Pennsylvania)
$11,750

Mosby Heritage Area Association (Virginia)
$41,625

Prince William County (Virginia)
$61,320

Prince William County (Virginia)
$77,845

Shenandoah Valley Network (Virginia)
$20,000

Virginia Department of Historic Resources (Virginia)
$20,000


For additional information on each funded project, download this pdf document.