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New Day at Federal Hall

Restoring, activating and sustaining Federal Hall—the birthplace of American democracy—is vital to our heritage.

Federal Hall is a place of firsts: First Capital, First President, First Congress and First Freedoms.

At almost no other time in our history has it been more important than now to understand the legacy of the founders who came together here at Federal Hall to establish the United States of America a new form of government, for and by the people.

New Day at Federal Hall will connect the sesignifican t events of the past with today through transformation of the visitor experience at Federal Hall National Memorial. The effort, a public - private partnership between the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy and the National Pak Service, addresses three main challenges: Education , Restoration and Financial Sustainability

EDUCATION

The opportunity at Federal Hall is both simple and enormous : to invite the over 17 million visitors who pass by annually, to step inside and discover a national treasure that’s hiding in plain sight. Virtually none of these visitors are aware of the sacred character of this historic memorial. We will change the status quo by creating a world class visitor destination with immersive installations that engage visitors with the ideas, ideals and contradictions of American governance as forged here at Federal Hall. Our cornerstone public programs in the arts and humanities will invite these visitors to have a deeper dialogue with the legacy of the site today.

RESTORATION

The 1842 Greek Revival Federal Hall building, designed by Alexander Jackson Davis and Ithiel Towne, is a rare exterior and interior landmark. Alt hough valiantly operated by the National Park Service , Federal Hall is underfunded with a n extensive main tenance backlog . Already, we have invested $5 million in private funds , to install a fire suppression system, restore the iconic Wall Street steps and revive the statue of George Washington. Our next phase, with private and federal funds to be secured, will address critical restoration needs on the interior, including the Grand Rotunda an d exhibition galleries as well essential climate and technology systems to enable and sustain increased public visitation.

FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

To sustain this new high impact program for visitors, w e are building a strong base of revenue generatin g activities and philanthropy to enhance existing government funding . Our success will allow : the expan sion of public access from five to six days per week ; enlargement of the public exhibit footprint to over 18 ,000 square feet; and t he t ripl ing of the number of v isitor engagement staff , which over time will increase visitation from 300,000 to over 600,000 annually .

Restoring, activating and sustaining Federal Hall—the birthplace of American democracy—is vital to our heritage.

Federal Hall is a place of firsts: First Capital, First President, First Congress and First Freedoms.

At almost no other time in our history has it been more important than now to understand the legacy of the founders who came together here at Federal Hall to establish the United States of America a new form of government, for and by the people.

New Day at Federal Hall will connect the sesignifican t events of the past with today through transformation of the visitor experience at Federal Hall National Memorial. The effort, a public - private partnership between the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy and the National Pak Service, addresses three main challenges: Education , Restoration and Financial Sustainability


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