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    Frontier focus as Ulster-American Folk Park expands

    By Noreen Bowden | July 29, 2009

    The Ulster-American Folk Park will transform 30 additional acres into scenes from America’s western frontier, thanks to a £2.4 million expansion announced today. The living history museum tells the story of emigration from Ulster to America in the 18th and 19th centuries. The expansion will feature houses, barns and other buildings constructed by early Irish settlers.

    Launching the project, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure minister Nelson McCausland said:

    “The Ulster American Folk Park is a wonderful exploration of Ulster’s own rich history as well as the role that Ulster emigrants played in shaping American life and culture.

    “This investment from DCAL will further improve visitor experience at the museum and allow the Ulster American Folk Park to expand the New World area.?

    The project is expected to last ten years, with the first phase being completed in 2011. The museum attracts 160,000 visitors a year.

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