In autumn of 2015 the Rome Historical Society became the official Friends Group of Fort Stanwix National Monument. As a Friends Group we support the mission of the National Park Service to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. This means that Rome Historical Society can accept charitable donations on behalf of Fort Stanwix National Monument to advance mutually beneficial goals.
Our role as a Friends Group not only allows us to solicit and accept philanthropic contributions on behalf of Fort Stanwix National Monument, but also allows us to conduct collaborative strategic planning, share resources, partner in the development of exhibits, conduct joint programming, and more.
Parks Friends Groups are established to help support a wide variety of park activities through fundraising, membership programs, and increasing awareness. Donation goals and projects are identified by the Rome Historical Society and National Park Service annually. The Friends collaborate on projects, such as the Centennial Exhibit (Opening November 2016) and the Active Trails internship program.
Fort Stanwix National Monument stands upon the grounds where American Revolutionary soldiers, under the command of Colonel Gansevoort, stood firm in defense of liberty. This reconstructed fort is open to the public free of charge, seven days a week 9-5 during the summer season.