Patricia Trap, the acting Midwest Region director for the National Park Service, said this month that she wouldn’t set a target date for the opening of the Sainte Genevieve National Historical Park “because as soon as you do, something shifts.”
Trap pointed to the recent government shutdown as something as the type of unexpected development that makes her “nervous about setting a target date.”
Trap was in Ste. Genevieve on March 18 with Timothy Good, the interim superintendent of the Ste. Genevieve park, to tour the area following the federal agency’s acquisition of the Beauvais-Amoureux House on St. Mary’s Road.
It is the first property acquired in the formation of the park, but the National Park Service reached an agreement with Missouri State Parks for the latter to continue operating the historic house until federal staff is in place.
“We’re working as quick as we can, but it’s going to take time,” Trap said. “The federal government has to do its due diligence.”
A contractor from St. Louis was in Ste. Genevieve last Friday to perform an environmental study of the five historic houses being donated to the National Park Service by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Missouri.
See complete story in the March 27 edition of the Herald.