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House OKs Saint-Gaudens change to park

Staff Report
Published: 2/26/2019 10:24:40 PM
Modified: 2/26/2019 10:24:42 PM

CORNISH — The U.S. House on Tuesday approved a measure to rename the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site as a national historical park, which backers said could help boost tourism.

“Saint-Gaudens is a treasure in our state and serves as an important tourist attraction for thousands of annual visitors to the Upper Valley,” U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., said in a statement. “Identifying Saint-Gaudens as a National Historical Park will more accurately capture all the activities and cultural exhibitions that are offered and encourage more people to come and visit.

The measure, introduced by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, both D-N.H., passed in the House, 363-62. Earlier this month, it passed in the U.S. Senate, 92-8.

First authorized by Congress in 1964, the Cornish site includes the home and artwork of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the American sculptor and a central figure in the Cornish Colony.

The legislation — part of the Natural Resources Management Act — also designates portions of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as scenic rivers under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. It now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature.

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