IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 14, 2013
Mr. Carper(for himself andMr. Coons) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to theCommittee on Energy and Natural Resources
To establish the First State National Historical Park in the State of Delaware, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
First State National Historical Park
In this Act:
The termhistorical parkmeans the First State National Historical Park established bysection 3(a)(1).
The termSecretarymeans the Secretary of the Interior.
the State of Delaware; and
in the case of the property described insection 3(b)(8), the States of Delaware and Pennsylvania.
First State National Historical Park
Subject toparagraph (3), there is established the First State National Historical Park, to be administered as a unit of theNational Park System.
The purposes of the historical park are to preserve, protect, and interpret the nationally significant cultural and historic resources in the State that are associated with—
early Dutch, Swedish, and English settlement of the Colony of Delaware and portions of the Colony of Pennsylvania; and
the role of Delaware —
in the birth of the United States; and
as the first State to ratify the Constitution.
Determination by secretary
The historical park shall not be established until the date on which theSecretarydetermines that sufficient land or interests in land have been acquired from among the sites described insubsection (b)to constitute a manageable park unit.
Not later than 30 days after making a determination undersubparagraph (A), theSecretaryshall publish a notice in the Federal Register of the establishment of the historical park, including an official boundary map for the historical park.
Availability of map
The map published undersubparagraph (B)shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of theNational Park Service.
TheSecretarymay include the following sites within the
boundary of the historical park as generally depicted on the maps numbered 1
through 6, entitled
First State National Historical Park, New Castle,
Kent, Sussex Counties, DE and Delaware County, PAand
State National Historical Park, Woodlawn, numbered T19/80,000G, and
dated February 2013:
The Old Sherriff’s House in New Castle County, Delaware, as depicted on map 4 of 6.
Fort Christina National Historic Landmark in New Castle County, Delaware, as depicted on map 3 of 6.
Old Swedes Church National Historic Landmark in New Castle County, Delaware, as depicted on map 3 of 6.
Old New Castle Courthouse in New Castle, Delaware, as depicted on map 4 of 6.
John Dickinson Plantation National Historic Landmark in Kent County, Delaware, as depicted on map 5 of 6.
Dover Green in Kent County, Delaware, as depicted on map 5 of 6.
Ryves Holt House in Sussex County, Delaware, as depicted on map 6 of 6.
The Woodlawn property in New Castle County, Delaware, and Delaware County, Pennsylvania, as depicted on map 2 of 6.
Old New Castle Green, in New Castle, Delaware, as depicted on map 4 of 6.
TheSecretaryshall administer the historical park in accordance with—
this Act; and
the laws generally applicable to units of theNational Park System, including—
Except as provided insubparagraph (B), theSecretarymay acquire all or a portion of any of the sites described insection 3(b), including easements or other interests in land, by purchase from a willing seller, donation, or exchange.
Proposed NPS Site
TheSecretarymay acquire only by donation all or a portion
of the property identified as
Proposed NPS Siteon map 2 of 6
First State National Historical Park, Woodlawn,
numbered T19/80,000G, and dated February 2013, including easements or other
interests in land.
Area for potential addition by donation
TheSecretarymay acquire only by
donation all or a portion of the property identified as “Area for Potential
Addition by Donation” on map 2 of 6 entitled
First State National
Historical Park, Woodlawn, numbered T19/80,000G, and dated February
On acquisition of land or an interest in land underparagraph (1), the boundary of the historical park shall be adjusted to reflect the acquisition.
TheSecretarymay provide interpretive tours to sites and resources in the State that are located outside the boundary of the historical park and associated with the purposes for which the historical park is established, including—
Dutch House; and
TheSecretarymay enter into a cooperative agreement with the State, political subdivisions of the State, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, and individuals to mark, interpret, and restore nationally significant historic or cultural resources within the boundaries of the historical park, if the cooperative agreement provides for reasonable public access to the resources.
The Federal share of the total cost of any activity carried out under a cooperative agreement entered into underparagraph (1)shall be not more than 50 percent.
Form of non-Federal share
The non-Federal share may be in the form of in-kind contributions or goods or services fairly valued.
Not later than 3 fiscal years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this subsection, theSecretaryshall complete a management plan for the historical park.
National landmark study
Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this section, theSecretaryshall complete a study assessing the historical significance of additional properties in the State that are associated with the purposes of historical park.
The study prepared undersubsection (a)shall include an assessment of the potential for designating the additional properties as National Historic Landmarks.
Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriatedsuch sums as are necessary to carry outthis Act .