16 U.S. Code § 410aa - Establishment
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In order to preserve and commemorate for the people of the United States the area associated with the heroic suffering, hardship, and determination and resolve of General George Washington’s Continental Army during the winter of 1777–1778 at Valley Forge, the Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter referred to as the “Secretary”) is authorized to establish the Valley Forge National Historical Park (hereinafter referred to as the “park”), in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Source(Pub. L. 94–337, § 1,July 4, 1976, 90 Stat. 796.)
Short Title of 1999 Amendment
Pub. L. 106–86, § 1,Oct. 31, 1999, 113 Stat. 1298, provided that: “This Act [enacting provisions set out as a note under this section] may be cited as the ‘Pennsylvania Battlefields Protection Act of 1999’.”
Valley Forge National Historical Park
“SEC. 201. PURPOSE.
“The purpose of this title is to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into an agreement with the Valley Forge Historical Society (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Society’), to construct and operate a museum within the boundary of Valley Forge National Historical Park in cooperation with the Secretary.“SEC. 202. VALLEY FORGE MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AUTHORIZATION.
“(a) Agreement Authorized.—The Secretary of the Interior, in administering the Valley Forge National Historical Park, is authorized to enter into an agreement under appropriate terms and conditions with the Society to facilitate the planning, construction, and operation of the Valley Forge Museum of the American Revolution on Federal land within the boundary of Valley Forge National Historical Park.
“(b) Contents and Implementation of Agreement.—An agreement entered into under subsection (a) shall—
“(1) authorize the Society to develop and operate the museum pursuant to plans developed by the Secretary and to provide at the museum appropriate and necessary programs and services to visitors to Valley Forge National Historical Park related to the story of Valley Forge and the American Revolution;
“(2) only be carried out in a manner consistent with the General Management Plan and other plans for the preservation and interpretation of the resources and values of Valley Forge National Historical Park;
“(3) authorize the Secretary to undertake at the museum activities related to the management of Valley Forge National Historical Park, including, but not limited to, provision of appropriate visitor information and interpretive facilities and programs related to Valley Forge National Historical Park;
“(4) authorize the Society, acting as a private nonprofit organization, to engage in activities appropriate for operation of the museum that may include, but are not limited to, charging appropriate fees, conducting events, and selling merchandise, tickets, and food to visitors to the museum;
“(5) provide that the Society’s revenues from the museum’s facilities and services shall be used to offset the expenses of the museum’s operation; and
“(6) authorize the Society to occupy the museum so constructed for the term specified in the Agreement and subject to the following terms and conditions:
“(A) The conveyance by the Society to the United States of all right, title, and interest in the museum to be constructed at Valley Forge National Historical Park.
“(B) The Society’s right to occupy and use the museum shall be for the exhibition, preservation, and interpretation of artifacts associated with the Valley Forge story and the American Revolution, to enhance the visitor experience of Valley Forge National Historical Park, and to conduct appropriately related activities of the Society consistent with its mission and with the purposes for which the Valley Forge National Historical Park was established. Such right shall not be transferred or conveyed without the express consent of the Secretary.
“(C) Any other terms and conditions the Secretary determines to be necessary.“SEC. 203. PRESERVATION AND PROTECTION.
“Nothing in this title authorizes the Secretary or the Society to take any actions in derogation of the preservation and protection of the values and resources of Valley Forge National Historical Park. An agreement entered into under section 202 shall be construed and implemented in light of the high public value and integrity of the Valley Forge National Historical Park and the National Park System.”