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Park Community meeting

February 26, 2002

The public is invited to attend a community presentation, "The Maryland Campaign, The Niagara Movement and Options to Amend the Park's Boundary," sponsored by the National Park Service.

In 2000, Congress directed the National Park Service to conduct extensive educational outreach on the Civil War and African-American history in and around Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and to explain options for amending the park's boundary in order to preserve this history.

The scheduled meetings are the result of this Congressional request and will be held at the following locations and times:

- Tuesday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. at C.W. Shipley Elementary School, Harpers Ferry.

- Thursday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. at C.W. Shipley Elementary School, Harpers Ferry.

- Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 p.m. at Wright Denny School Auditorium, Charles Town, W.Va.

- Thursday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

These four public meetings will include a 20-minute video on the history and significance of the land and a digital slide presentation to explain the options.

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Two posters will be available at the meetings, which fully describe the history and the boundary amendment options. A park Web site containing this information will be online March 6 at www.nps.gov/hafe. Park staff is also available to present a program on this subject to local organizations, service clubs and other groups starting March 15. Arrangements can be made by calling 1-304-535-6224.

Following the presentations, the NPS will report back to Congress if there is a consensus for amending the park boundary.

Comment cards will be available at all of these meetings above and will also be available by contacting the park at 1-304-535-6224. Comments are due April 30, 2002.

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