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American Battlefield Trust Lauds Confirmation of Charles Sams, III, as Director of National Park Service

With a strong background in land conservation and keen interest in history, Sams is an ideal leader for the federal agency most intimately connected to the historic preservation group’s activities

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(Washington, D.C.) — In an evening vote on November 18, the U.S. Senate confirmed Charles Sams, III, as director of the National Park Service. In joining the rest of the conservation, historic preservation and public lands communities in celebrating the vote, American Battlefield Trust President David Duncan issued the following statement:  

“The American Battlefield Trust is a proud partner of the National Park Service, working alongside the agency on everything from the protection of historic landscapes to groundbreaking digital interpretation to orient visitors to historic sites. With Chuck Sams at its head, the Park Service is poised to tackle ambitious projects that will stand for generations, enhancing the crown jewels of our public lands in meaningful ways. He, like the Trust and its members and supporters, understands the unique power of place to educate and inspire. I look forward to the many ways that his long and demonstrated experience in conservation matters, coupled with a keen personal interest in American history will benefit the 423 units of the National Park System. 

“In particular, I am eager for his leadership as we prepare for the 250th anniversary of America’s founding, which will be celebrated in earnest in less than five years. This is an opportunity to embrace the full sweep of American history and all the people, places and events that have shaped the nation we’ve become on a journey toward a ‘more perfect union.’” 

The American Battlefield Trust is dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has protected nearly 54,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War. Learn more at