November 02, 2020
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) attended the ceremony celebrating the establishment of the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park, Missouri’s first National Historical Park and the 422nd park to become part of the National Park System. Blunt joined Missouri State Representative Dale Wright, Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Carol Comer, National Park Service Midwest Region Director Bert Frost, and Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park Superintendent Chris Collins in unveiling the official sign for the park.
“It was great to be back in Ste. Genevieve today to celebrate Missouri’s first National Historical Park and the newest addition to the National Park System,” said Blunt. “This was an effort years in the making, and is another example of how we can leverage a successful public-private partnership model to make sure our nation’s most important places are preserved for generations to come. Every historic building in Ste. Genevieve has a story to tell and I’m incredibly grateful to all of the people in the community who have dedicated their time and energy to telling those stories. I’m thrilled that more Americans will now have the opportunity to come and experience this unique part of our history.”
Blunt helped lead efforts in Congress to establish the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park.
Blunt and U.S. Representative Jason Smith (Mo.) first introduced legislation to establish the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park and designate it as a unit of the National Park System in 2016. Blunt testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks in support of the legislation that year.
Blunt and Smith reintroduced their bill in 2017 and it was subsequently signed into law in March 2018.
Blunt met with community leaders in Ste. Genevieve for a roundtable discussion and toured the historic Amoureux House and Bequette-Ribault House in July 2018. The following month, Blunt and Smith attended a ceremonial signing of the cooperative agreements that ensure Ste. Genevieve historic properties are preserved. This marked the final statutory step needed to establish Ste. Genevieve as a national park.
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Blunt announced in February 2019 that the FY2019 funding bill included dedicated resources for new units in the National Park System, including the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park.
In February 2019, Blunt successfully included a measure in the Natural Resources Management Act to authorize the National Park Service to acquire land for a modern visitor center space at the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park.
At a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing in May 2019, Blunt questioned Secretary Bernhardt about the agency’s progress in acquiring historic properties and a building for the visitors center at Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park.