October 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
LGBT groups receive National Park Service grants

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New York’s Stonewall Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo by Daniel Case; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

LGBT groups in Kentucky and New York will receive matching grants from the National Park Service as part of an effort to expand the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Park Service has given a $25,000 grant to the LGBT Heritage of Kentucky Project, a group that supports adding Louisville’s Henry Clay Hotel and Whiskey Row Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places. The LGBT Sites in New York City Project, which seeks to survey and document “historic and cultural sites associated with LGBT heritage” in the five boroughs, received a $49,999 grant.

Latino, Asian, African and Native American groups in Maryland, Virginia, California, Idaho, Massachusetts, Montana, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah and Washington also received matching grants from the National Park Service that total $500,000.

“Our American heritage is a tapestry made up of threads from many nations and communities, and we are working with public and private partners to help ensure that our National Register of Historic Places reflects this remarkable diversity,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a Thursday press release that announced the grants. “These matching grants will enable us to add important sites that haven’t yet been recognized and more fully tell the story of our country.”

Jewell in May during a press conference outside New York’s Stonewall Inn announced a new initiative designed to highlight LGBT history.

The Stonewall Inn and the Cherry Grove Community House on New York’s Fire Island are among the locations listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Frank Kameny’s Northwest D.C. home has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2011.

“As America’s storyteller through place, the National Park Service is using the leadership of groups like the Latino Scholars and resources like grants to develop and share more deeply the stories of underrepresented groups,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis. “Looking ahead to the National Park Service’s Centennial in 2016, we are committed to telling a more complete and diverse story of America’s history in our second century.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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