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Federal Shutdown Would Impact Mass. Historic Sites

A federal government shutdown would impact a number of popular historical attractions in the Boston area.

A spokesman for the National Park Service says visitors centers would close and tours would be suspended at sites including the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown; the Longfellow House in Cambridge; the John F. Kennedy birthplace in Brookline; the Lowell National Historic Park; the Adams National Historic Park in Quincy; and the Minuteman National Historic Park in Concord.

One exception would be Old Ironsides. The USS Constitution in Boston would remain open to visitors.

Gov. Deval Patrick said Thursday he was concerned about how a potential Friday midnight shutdown would affect Massachusetts. He said the state does not have the resources to fill in any gaps caused by the loss of federal spending.

This program aired on April 7, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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