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PHILADELPHIA-The 3,600-acre Valley Forge National Park in Valley Forge, PA receives $570,000 in a mix of federal, state and private funding to begin phase two of an ongoing $8-million restoration project. The Pennsylvania state legislature voted to kick in $250,000 this year and provide a similar-size grant next year.

The initial grant was supplemented by funds raised by Washington, DC-based Save America’s Treasures, which partners with the US Department of the Interior’s National Park Service to secure private and public funding for historic preservation, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a private, non-profit group, also based in Washington.

The project plans to turn six of the 18th-century buildings in the park into interactive, museum-like buildings and open them to the public. In 2000, the National Trust placed the park on its list of America’s Most Endangered Historic Places, giving urgency to the project and instituting phase one.

The first, $1.1-million phase, which stabilized the damaged buildings, is expected to be completed this year.

Save America’s Treasures, initiated by the Clinton administration in 1998, received $30 million under the current administration’s budget. Grants are managed by the National Park Service and must be matched with non-federal grants.

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