N.H. Delegation Aims to Make Saint-Gaudens A National Historical Park
Cornish — New Hampshire’s congressional delegation introduced legislation on Thursday to redesignate Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site as a national historical park.
The legislation, introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate by Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Reps. Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas, aims to bolster the site’s visibility, according to a news release issued by Shaheen’s office.
“The beautiful home, studio, and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens — with its beloved nature trails and works of art — play an important role in the local economy and deserve the recognition and distinction that come with the title of a National Historic Park,” Hassan said in the release.
First authorized by Congress in 1964, the Cornish site includes the home and artwork of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, a late 19th century American sculptor. During his career, Saint-Gaudens created more than 150 works of art, many of which serve as memorials of the Civil War, including the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial in Boston and the Standing and Seated Abraham Lincoln monuments in Chicago, the release said.
In the past decade, the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site has expanded to include several historic buildings, a collection of American art, a variety of arts-related activities, landscapes and trails, according to the release.