The National Park Service (NPS) is asking for feedback from the public on a study of Baltimore’s historic President Street train station.
Owned by the city of Baltimore and managed as a museum, the former train station was built in 1849 and is connected to the American Civil War, Maryland abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ escape from slavery, an assassination attempt of President Abraham Lincoln, and the Baltimore Riots of 1861, according to a press release.
The special resource study will evaluate “how cultural and natural resources associated with the President Street Station’s history meet criteria for inclusion in the National Park System.” NPS will use national significance, suitability, feasibility and potential management strategies” for additions to the station.
“Input from the public through the study process is critical,” said Martha Droge, NPS Region 1’s Park Planning and Special Studies Portfolio manager, said in a statement. “We also hope to learn more about the many events, people, and technological advances associated with President Street Station. The information, interest, and inquiries we receive from the public help inform our work as we assess President Street Station as a potential addition to the National Park System.”
The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act of 2019 directed the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the President Street Station.
The study is slated to run through 2023. Findings of that study will be reported to Congress along with recommendations from the Department of the Interior.
The National Park System has planned public events. Visit www.parkplanning.nps.gov/PresidentStreet for more information.