June 9, 2016 - Issue: Vol. 162, No. 91 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 2nd Session
RECOGNIZING THE 110TH CELEBRATION OF THE ANTIQUITIES ACT; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 91
(Extensions of Remarks - June 09, 2016)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E868-E869] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING THE 110TH CELEBRATION OF THE ANTIQUITIES ACT ______ HON. DANNY K. DAVIS of illinois in the house of representatives Thursday, June 9, 2016 Mr. DANNY K. DAVIS of Illinois. Mr. Speaker, I wish to recognize and celebrate the 110th anniversary of the Antiquities Act this week. The National Antiquities Act was signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt on June 8, 1906. This legislation serves as a historic cornerstone in conservation, allowing our presidents to protect public lands with national or notable importance by designating national parks and monuments. The Antiquities Act remains a critical tool in preserving our American history and in educating our American and foreign visitors about the American experience. These parks preserve our nation's landscapes that reflect the diverse beauty of our country--such as Katmai National Monument in Alaska, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, the Petrified Forest in Arizona, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, Mojave Trails in California, Marianas Trench Marine National Monument in the Northern Mariana Islands, and Grand Sequoia National Monument in California. These parks reflect the history of people who called our land home--such as the Azectec Ruins in New Mexico, Russell Cave in Alabama, the Gila Cliff Dwellings in New Mexico, the Navajo National Monument in Arizona, and Ellis Island in New York. Further, these parks reflect the history of our nation's birth, struggles, and growth as well as citizens who played key roles in these efforts--such as Fort McHenry in Maryland, Castle Clinton National Monument in New York, Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana, Fort Sumter in South Carolina, Appomattox Court House in Virginia, Booker T. Washington National Monument in Virginia, George Washington Carver National Monument in Missouri, the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument, and the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Hawaii, Alaska, and California. The importance of our lands [[Page E869]] and monuments is well documented in our American culture--in songs that praise ``our redwood forests'' or our ``purple mountain majesties,'' music that captures the emotion of the Grand Canyon, and images of the Statue of Liberty that move our spirits and evoke our patriotism. In my home City of Chicago rests the Pullman National Monument and Historic District that honors the 1894 factory strikes and their role in our nation's labor and civil rights movements. The Pullman District reflects the long history that the City of Chicago has with the birth of the Union Movement. I am proud to represent ``Teamsters Row'' in Chicago, the home of this important national labor union that champions the rights of workers. In closing, I am pleased to recognize the 110th anniversary of the Antiquities Act and honor the substantial impact the Act has made in the preservation of our national and cultural history and environmental treasures. ____________________