U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced legislation that would require U.S. National Parks to sell merchandise "Made in the USA". Included in this legislation would be the Women's National Historical Park in Seneca Falls.
In a statement Senator Gillibrand said, “The celebration of our National Parks goes hand in hand with the pride of American-made products and our strong manufacturing tradition. The American Parks, American Products Act has the potential to support manufacturing jobs, and showcase American craftsmanship.”
The “American Parks, American Products Act” would require that all items sold by the National Park Service in gift shops, visitors centers and at the National Archives are made in the USA.
Each year, the National Park Service draws approximately 280 million visitors at 401 National Parks, monuments and historic sites.
Increasing the sale of American-made goods would help grow our local economies, with every dollar in final sales of American- manufactured products, $1.34 in economic activity is generated in other sectors of the economy– the largest economic multiplier of any sector.
Also on the list that would be affected by this legislation are:
- Long Island: Fire Island, Sagamore Hill
- New York City: African Burial Ground National Monument, Castle Clinton National Monument, Ellis Island, Federal Hall, General Grant National Memorial, Governors Island Monument, Hamilton Grange National Memorial, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, Statue of Liberty National Monument
- Westchester: Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site
- Hudson Valley: Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
- Capital Region: Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, Saratoga National Historical Park
- Central New York: Fort Stanwix National Monument
- Western New York: Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site