Please help support our friends at the James K. Polk State Historic Site by going to and signing a petition. The Site could close on July 1 if lawmakers don’t make the changes to the Governor’s proposed budget. This will deny thousands of children from public, private and home schools the opportunity to touch, taste, hear and smell history in a way no textbook can ever replace.



What can you do to help?

The fate of our precious site is now in the hands of the conference committee, who will work to negotiate a final state budget between the Governors budget, the Senate budget and the House budget. The Conference Committee is comprised of 4 Representatives and 3 Senators in Raleigh. The most important thing you can do is call and write these key lawmakers and urge them to KEEP POLK OPEN! Email doesn’t get their attention. Telephone calls and letters do. Below is the contact information for the Conference Committee members, who now has control over our fate :

Conference Committee members

Name Address Phone Email
Rep. Justin Burr 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 307A, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 919-733-5908
Rep. Nelson Dollar 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 307B1, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 919-715-0795
Rep. Bryan Holloway 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 305, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 919-733-5609
Rep. Linda Johnson 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 301D, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 919-733-5861
Sen. Harry Brown

(Majority Leader, NC Senate)

300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 300B, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 919-715-3034
Sen. Pete Brunstetter 16 W. Jones Street, Room 2022, Raleigh, NC 27601-2808 919-733-7850 Peter.Brunstetter@ncleg.


Sen. Neal Hunt 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 309, Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 919-715-5850

Here are some things you can point out when you call:

  • It is the state’s only presidential site, giving it local, regional and national relevance
  • It is a required field trip for CMS 3rd-graders
  • The site hosts the Young Hickory Explorers Club, a hands-on history group for kids
  • Summer camps, Second Saturdays and other summertime events will be canceled if the site closes
  • So far this year, the site has welcomed more than 4,580 children
  • The site served more than 16,000 visitors last year, a 25 percent increase over 2010
  • The State spends less on Polk than nearly all other historic sites

We believe in the value of the 11th president’s birthplace. We are honored to support the site through educational programming for children attending public, private and home schools. It would be a shame if we lost this treasure to save what we calculate to be only around $50,000.


Please let your voice be heard! Sign the online petition or the hard copy at the site. And most importantly, contact lawmakers and urge them to KEEP POLK OPEN!




Sharon Van Kuren, President

President James K. Polk Memorial Support Fund, Inc.