Tauck Announces Grant for Grand Teton National Park’s Mormon Row
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World-renowned tour operator Tauck announced a major grant that has been awarded to the Grand Teton National Park Foundation to help preserve Mormon Row.
Mormon Row is a settlement inside Grand Teton National Park dating back to 1890, and it features several original structures and unique landscapes, including the unofficial symbol of the park, the T.A. Moulton barn (pictured above).
The grant from Tauck to the Grand Teton National Park Foundation consists of three initiatives. First, the park will create the Historic Structures Report as a way to document and share the history of the four prominent Mormon Row buildings. The long-term hope is that the Historic Structures Report will lead to the eventual preservation and protection of the buildings.
Secondly, the grant will help care for the properties surrounding the Mormon Row structures, including clearing of vegetation and other obstructions, restoring foot bridges and repairing canal gates to ensure the continuous flow of water.
The third project associated with the grant will be the formation of The Grand Teton Hammer Corps. The group will recruit, equip and train volunteers to perform preservation and repair projects throughout the park.
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Tauck CEO Dan Mahar released a statement about the grant to Grand Teton National Park:
“The landscapes and structures of Mormon Row together tell the unique story of the area's homesteaders, and the preservation of these incredible cultural assets is critical to keeping the homesteaders' story alive. At Tauck we consider ourselves storytellers, with our journeys telling the rich cultural stories of the places we visit, so helping preserve the legacy of Mormon Row has great appeal to us. We've been bringing generations of Tauck guests to the national parks since our very first tour in 1925. With the National Park Service marking its Centennial this year, and having just celebrated our own 90th anniversary, we're thrilled to help ensure that the story of Mormon Row endures to inspire future generations of travelers.”
For more information about Tauck or the Grand Teton National Park Foundation grant, check out the company’s official website.
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