Other Civic Education Projects
All four leading historic sites in Virginia, where visitors can learn about early American history through restored residential landscapes, are owned and operated privately: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, James Madison’s Montpelier, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and Colonial Williamsburg.
The American Battlefield Trust helps visitors navigate battlefields at Yorktown, Lexington & Concord, the War of 1812, and the Civil War and learn their history, including maps and biographies. It also is working to preserve battlefield lands such as those at Saratoga and Newtown. The organization also is the official nonprofit partner of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission to celebrate 250 years since 1776.
The National Park Service operates several sites in Philadelphia through the Independence National Historical Park. The National Park Foundation, its nonprofit arm, is organized to accept private donations. Sites in Philadelphia include Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Declaration House, Benjamin Franklin Museum, and Washington Square.
The National Archives Foundation is a nonprofit arm of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) that can receive private donations. NARA keeps on public display the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. The Founders Online resource provides access to thousands of documents pertaining to George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and other founders. NARA also makes available two million digitized historical documents and has responsibility for the 14 operating Presidential Libraries.