National Park Service (NPS) personnel last week began offering tours at the Beauvais-Amoureux House, the first property acquired by the federal government in the establishment of the Sainte Genevieve National Historical Park.
Timothy Townsend, the chief of interpretation and historian at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois, was at the park Tuesday through Thursday of last week.
A different member of the Lincoln Home staff will be in Ste. Genevieve Tuesday through Thursday of each week through the end of July with the exception of the Fourth of July week.
“We’re just coming down here and hopefully help a little bit here, just get that presence,” Townsend said, “to start getting into that mode of the community seeing us here.”
Timothy Good, the superintendent of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and previously superintendent of the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis County, is the interim superintendent for the park being established in Ste. Genevieve.
He said he was trying to expose as much of the staff as possible to the Ste. Genevieve story.
“This gives the park service the opportunity to learn the history, the interpretation and the themes of Ste. Genevieve and the property we’ve acquired there,” Good said.
He said this step was independent of the timeline for establishment of the park.
See complete story in the June 12 edition of the Herald.