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Landmark Campaign

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Purpose

To submit a successful nomination for National Historic Landmark (NHL) status by the Department of the Interior.

Goal

To raise funds through donations, government contributions and grants in order to prepare a Cultural Resource Survey, historical research and archeological investigations to have a professionally prepared NHL nomination.

Background

The Paoli Battlefield Historical Park (owned by Malvern Borough) and the Paoli Memorial Grounds (owned by the Paoli Memorial Association) comprise the Battle of Paoli which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, its significance in the Revolutionary War and its history after the War of Independence both as a military training camp and the site where, for nearly 200 years, citizens celebrated Remembrance and Memorial Days, support it as a landmark for our whole nation. However, the National Park Service has consistently categorized the Battle of Paoli and its site as a minor and protected historic resource. But, in the past 15 years new historic and archeological research has proven that its significance, importance and the actual boundaries go far beyond the center-point of the Battle.

In 2010, Chester County secured a grant for $40,000 to conduct a GIS based resource survey of the Battle of Paoli. This study will, for the first time, identify and verify historic resources (buildings, cemeteries, archeological sites, roads, etc) and establish the true impact and boundaries of this conflict. However, funds from this County grant cannot be used for actual archeological surveys or professional services to prepare the Cultural Resource Survey or the NHL nomination. The Landmark Campaign has been established to fund these necessary actions. The fund will be administered by the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund (PBPF). PBPF is a 501c3 corporation and administers, under a license agreement, the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park for the Borough of Malvern, PA.

Donations and Contributions

All donations and contributions made to PBPF and/or its Landmark Campaign are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.