Honoring Our Place in the National Story

Susquehanna Heritage is seeking National Heritage Area designation of Lancaster and York Counties by the United States Congress. The Susquehanna National Heritage Area will advance heritage and outdoor tourism in our region, create jobs, and enhance our region’s economy. National recognition will boost visibility and visitation, bring more National Park Service support, and further promote the majestic Susquehanna – its scenic riverlands, its vibrant river towns, and its special significance to our nation’s history. This designation will bring us into the network of forty-nine National Heritage Areas already established across the United States.

Our Progress So Far

After Susquehanna Heritage completed a local community engagement process and a National Heritage Area Feasibility Study Report in 2008, the National Park Service determined that our region meets the criteria for Congressional designation as a National Heritage Area. Encouraged by this important determination, Susquehanna Heritage has worked with our Senators and Congressmen in Washington to achieve the designation that is attainable only through legislation – an Act of Congress.

In February 2017, U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. of Pennsylvania introduced S.400, the Susquehanna National Heritage Area Act, to designate Lancaster and York Counties as America’s 50th National Heritage Area.

In June 2017, U.S. Representative Lloyd Smucker, with U.S. Representative Scott Perry and U.S. Representative Pat Meehan introduced H.R. 2991 in the U.S. House of Representatives to establish the Susquehanna National Heritage Area. H.R. 2991 has bi-partisan support with most of the Pennsylvania House delegation as co-sponsors. This is a big step forward in our effort to achieve national designation!

On April 11th, 2018 Susquehanna Heritage President Mark Platts joined Congressman Lloyd Smucker and Columbia Mayor Leo Lutz at the U.S. House Federal Lands Subcommittee hearing on H.R. 2991, the Susquehanna National Heritage Act. This bill sponsored by Rep. Smucker will designate all of Lancaster and York Counties as America’s 50th National Heritage Area with Susquehanna Heritage as the Local Coordinating Entity. U.S. Representative Lloyd Smucker testified in support of the bill, along with Mayor Lutz. You can read the testimony delivered by Mayor Lutz on H.R. 2991 here. Watch the hearing on H.R. 2991 here. (The hearing starts at 25:38/H.R. 2991 runs from 1:01:03 to 1:21:28.) Thank you Congressman Smucker and Mayor Lutz for your great support of the Susquehanna National Heritage Area! We very much appreciate Congressman Smucker’s leadership with this effort, along with the great support we’ve received from so many community groups and elected officials like Mayor Lutz.

After the hearing H.R. 2991 was marked up and reported out of the House Natural Resources Committee to await a vote by the full U.S. House of Representatives. On June 5th, 2018 the U.S. House of Representatives approved Congressman Lloyd Smucker’s bill H.R. 2991 to designate Lancaster and York Counties as the Susquehanna National Heritage Area. You can read about it and watch video of House proceedings on the bill here. This is a key milestone on the way to bringing this national honor to our region. Thank you Congressman Smucker and the U.S. House of Representatives for recognizing the national significance of our area and passing this legislation. Now we need Senator Bob Casey & Senator Pat Toomey and the U.S. Senate to support congressional designation of the Susquehanna National Heritage Area!

Learn more here about our National Heritage Area Initiative.

How You Can Help

You can help our efforts to become a National Heritage Area by contacting our legislators in Washington to express your support for congressional designation of the Susquehanna National Heritage Area. With the passing of H.R. 2991 in the U.S. House and legislation currently in the U.S. Senate now is the time to contact Senator Bob Casey and Senator Pat Toomey and ask them to support congressional designation of the Susquehanna National Heritage Area. Senator Bob Casey, Senator Pat Toomey, Congressman Scott Perry, Congressman Patrick Meehan, and Congressman Lloyd Smucker.

Call to Action - Contact U.S. Senator Bob Casey & U.S. Senator Pat Toomey! Ask them to support congressional designation of the Susquehanna National Heritage Area!

Thank you Congressman Smucker and the U.S. House of Representatives for recognizing the national significance of our area and passing H.R. 2991! This is a key milestone on the way to bringing this national honor to our region.
Help support our efforts to become a National Heritage Area by expressing your support and asking Senator Bob Casey & Senator Pat Toomey to support congressional designation of the Susquehanna National Heritage Area!
Click here to learn what you can do:
http://www.susquehannaheritage.org/call-to-action/