Secretary Kempthorne and Director Bomar visited Bostonâs Old State House on Friday, July 25th, to mark the completion of the initial phase of the restoration of the Old State House. This vital preservation work, which represents the first completed construction project of the National Park Service Centennial Initiative, brings to a close the structural stabilization phase of the Societyâs master plan for the Old State House.
The National Park Centennial Initiative is a 10-year program to reinvigorate Americaâs national parks for a second century of conservation, preservation and enjoyment. The National Park Service will mark its centennial on August 25, 2016. Congress this year, in response to the Presidentâs Centennial Challenge, appropriated $24.6 million to be matched by donations for Centennial Challenge programs and projects.
The $1.4 million Old State House rehabilitation project is the next step in the $10 to $12 million master plan for the stabilization, preservation, and re-interpretation of the historic building, which has been under the stewardship of the Bostonian Society since 1881 and has been part of Boston National Historical Park since 1974.
Last week, Director Bomar reallocated an additional $150,000 in Centennial Initiative funds to the Old State House project based on Boston National Historical Park's ability to obligate the funds in fiscal year 2008 and its ability to attract additional partner funds from the Bostonian Society.