Alexander Statement on National Park Service Collections Preservation Center Groundbreaking

Posted on November 13, 2014

WASHINGTON, November 13 - U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the groundbreaking of the National Park Service Collections Preservation Center that took place today in Gatlinburg:

“Today’s groundbreaking of the new center is great news for everyone who loves the Great Smoky Mountains. It is an opportunity to celebrate the way of life of the mountain families who once lived here and how the past continues to shape our history. As Americans, we have a special obligation to preserve and protect our heritage, and I thank dedicated park service employees and the Friends of the Smokies for their dedication and effort to make today’s event possible.”

Last spring, Alexander worked with Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to get approval for federal funding to complete the $4.3 million Joint Curatorial Collections Facility. The facility will house more than 800,000 historical artifacts and archival records at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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