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[Congressional Bills 105th Congress]
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[H.R. 4206 Introduced in House (IH)]

  2d Session
                                H. R. 4206

 To establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site in the State of 
                   New York, and for other purposes.



                             July 14, 1998

Mr. McNulty (for himself, Mr. Miller of California, Mrs. Maloney of New 
 York, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Clyburn, Mr. Bishop, Mrs. Meek of Florida, Mr. 
Nadler, Mr. Abercrombie, Ms. Norton, Mr. Romero-Barcelo, Mr. Ackerman, 
Mr. Brown of California, Mr. LaFalce, Mr. Sanders, Ms. Kilpatrick, Mr. 
 Gilman, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas, 
   Mr. McDermott, Mr. Meeks of New York, Mr. Pascrell, Ms. Millender-
       McDonald, Ms. Pelosi, Mrs. Lowey, Mr. Meehan, Mr. Neal of 
Massachusetts, Mr. Dicks, Mr. Gejdenson, Mr. Andrews, Mr. Baldacci, Mr. 
   Boehlert, Mr. Hinchey, Mr. Frank of Massachusetts, Mr. Wynn, Mrs. 
 Kennelly of Connecticut, Mrs. McCarthy of New York, Mr. Jackson, Ms. 
     DeLauro, Mr. Frost, Mr. Filner, Mr. McHugh, and Ms. Stabenow) 
 introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on 


                                 A BILL

 To establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site in the State of 
                   New York, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,


    (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Kate Mullany 
National Historic Site Act''.
    (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents of this Act is as 

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.
Sec. 2. Definitions.
Sec. 3. Findings and purposes.
Sec. 4. Establishment of Kate Mullany National Historic Site.
Sec. 5. Acquisition of property.
Sec. 6. Administration of historic site.
Sec. 7. Authorization of appropriations.


    As used in this Act:
            (1) The term ``historic site'' means the Kate Mullany 
        National Historic Site established by section 4 of this Act.
            (2) The term ``plan'' means the general management plan 
        developed pursuant to section 6(d).
            (3) The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the 


    (a) Findings.--Congress finds the following:
            (1) The Kate Mullany House in Troy, New York, is listed on 
        the National Register of Historic Places and has been 
        designated as a National Historic Landmark.
            (2) The National Historic Landmark Theme Study on American 
        Labor History concluded that the Kate Mullany House appears to 
        meet the criteria of national significance, suitability, and 
        feasibility for inclusion in the National Park System.
            (3) The city of Troy, New York--
                    (A) played an important role in the development of 
                the collar and cuff industry and the iron industry in 
                the 19th century, and in the development of early men's 
                and women's worker and cooperative organizations; and
                    (B) was the home of the first women's labor union, 
                led by Irish immigrant Kate Mullany.
            (4) The city of Troy, New York, with 6 neighboring cities, 
        towns, and villages, entered into a cooperative arrangement to 
        create the Hudson-Mohawk Urban Cultural Park Commission to 
        manage their valuable historic resources and the area within 
        these municipalities has been designated by the State of New 
        York as a heritage area to represent industrial development and 
        labor themes in the State's development.
            (5) This area, known as the Hudson-Mohawk Urban Cultural 
        Park or RiverSpark, has been a pioneer in the development of 
        partnership parks where intergovernmental and public and 
        private partnerships bring abut the conservation of our 
        heritage and the attainment of goals for preservation, 
        education, recreation, and economic development.
            (6) Establishment of the Kate Mullany National Historic 
        Site and cooperative efforts between the National Park Service 
        and the Hudson-Mohawk Urban Cultural Park Commission will 
        provide opportunities for the illustration and interpretation 
        of important themes of the heritage of the United States, and 
        will provide unique opportunities for education, public use, 
        and enjoyment.
    (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are--
            (1) to preserve and interpret the nationally significant 
        home of Kate Mullany for the benefit, inspiration, and 
        education of the people of the United States; and
            (2) to interpret the connection between immigration and the 
        industrialization of the Nation, including the history of Irish 
        immigration, women's history, and worker history.


    (a) Establishment.--There is established, as a unit of the National 
Park System, the Kate Mullany National Historic Site in the State of 
New York.
    (b) Description.--The historic site shall consist of the home of 
Kate Mullany, comprising approximately .05739 acre, located at 350 
Eighth Street in Troy, New York, as generally depicted on the map 
entitled __________ and dated ____________.


    (a) Real Property.--The Secretary may acquire lands and interests 
therein within the boundaries of the historic site and ancillary real 
property for parking or interpretation, as necessary and appropriate 
for management of the historic site. Such acquisitions may be by 
donation, purchase from willing sellers with donated or appropriated 
funds, or exchange.
    (b) Personal Property.--The Secretary may acquire personal property 
associated with, and appropriate for, the interpretation of the 
historic site using the methods provided in subsection (a).


    (a) In General.--The Secretary shall administer the historic site 
in accordance with this Act and all laws generally applicable to units 
of the National Park System, including the Act of August 25, 1916 (16 
U.S.C. 1 et seq.; commonly known as the National Park Service Organic 
Act), and the Act of August 21, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.; commonly 
known as the Historic Sites, Buildings, and Antiquities Act).
    (b) Cooperative Agreements.--To further the purposes of this Act, 
the Secretary may consult with and enter into cooperative agreements 
with the State of New York and the Hudson-Mohawk Urban Cultural Park 
Commission, and other public and private entities to facilitate public 
understanding and enjoyment of the life and work of Kate Mullany 
through the development, presentation, and funding of exhibits and 
other appropriate activities related to the preservation, 
interpretation, and use of the historic site and related historic 
    (c) Exhibits.--The Secretary may display, and accept for the 
purposes of display, items associated with Kate Mullany, as may be 
necessary for the interpretation of the historic site.
    (d) General Management Plan.--Not later than two complete fiscal 
years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall 
develop a general management plan for the historic site. Upon its 
completion, the Secretary shall submit the plan to the Committee on 
Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on 
Resources of the House of Representatives. The plan shall include 
recommendations for regional wayside exhibits, to be carried out 
through cooperative agreements with the State of New York and other 
public and private entitles. The plan shall be prepared in accordance 
with section 12(b) of Public Law 91-383 (16 U.S.C. 1a-1 et seq.; 
commonly known as the National Park System General Authorities Act).


    There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary 
to carry out this Act.