WASHINGTON, D.C. – New federal resources have been awarded to Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Ross County. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park has been selected as one of the 49 national parks participating in the 2012 America’s Best Idea program sponsored by the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. The America’s Best Idea grant program funds park projects designed to connect diverse, under-engaged populations throughout the United States with their national parks in innovative and meaningful ways.
“Ohio’s national parks are an integral part of our communities,” said Brown. “This award will help ensure that Hopewell Culture National Historical Park has the resources needed to keep Ross county residents—and all Ohioans—connected to such a historically meaningful location.”
This $5,000 grant, funded through the National Park Foundation will provide students from central Ohio with the opportunity to visit the park and participate in educational activities about the Native Americans who lived in the region.
Inspired by the Ken Burns’ film “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” the America’s Best Idea program connects diverse, underserved, and under-engaged populations throughout the U.S. with their national parks through a variety of environmental, adventure, historical, and other activities.