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Status of Preserve America and Federal Historic Preservation Funding
As of early August, 867 Preserve America
Communities have been designated, 34 Preserve America Stewards
recognized, 20 Presidential Awards bestowed, and more than $21 million
awarded for 281 competitive grant projects throughout the country. While
Preserve America Grants were not funded in FY 2011, and it appears
unlikely that they will be funded for FY 2012, the First Lady continues
to be engaged in the program with the formal designation of Preserve
America Communities and Stewards.
The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee
on Interior and Environment Appropriations approved the FY 2012 Interior
spending bill on July 7, 2011; it was approved by the full committee on
July 12. The bill zeroed out funding for Preserve America and Save
America’s Treasures grants (as proposed in the President’s budget) and
also included a 9 percent cut ($5 million) to the Historic Preservation
Fund (HPF) from $54.5 million to $49.5 million ($42.5 for State Historic
Preservation Offices [SHPOs] and $7 million for Tribal Historic
Preservation Offices [THPOs]). The
ACHP would receive $5.498 million for its operations (an 11 percent cut
from the FY 2012 Administration request). All of these numbers reflect
FY 2009 levels.
proposed bill would provide overall funding for the Interior Department
of $9.9 billion, $720 million below the agency’s current budget and
$1.2 billion below the President’s FY 2012 request. This translates into
- A $129 million cut for the National Park Service (NPS) down to $2.5 billion.
recreation and preservation programs, which include the National
Register of Historic Places and National Heritage Areas, were funded at
$49.363 million (a net reduction of about 15 percent from $57.87 million
in FY 2011).
Battlefield Protection Grants were funded at $2 million under NPS land
acquisition, an increase of $640,000 from FY 2011.
Assuming that the full House of Representatives will vote to accept the
bill as proposed, the focus will shift to the Senate and possibly a
conference committee to reconcile differences and try to come up with an
Given the current political climate, it is quite possible that a final
budget will not be in place until well after the start of the new fiscal
year on Oct. 1, 2011. A stop-gap measure may have to be negotiated.
earlier “dear colleague” letter circulated by Reps. Michael Turner and
Russ Carnahan as co-chairs of the House Historic Preservation Caucus had
asked for support for the HPF totaling $50 million for SHPOs, $11
million for THPOs, and $9 million for fully competitive, non-earmark
grant programs “like Save America’s Treasures and Preserve America.”
Community Forum at the National Preservation Conference
of Preserve America Communities and Neighborhoods, Certified Local
Governments, Main Street Communities and their public and private
partners are invited to participate in the upcoming Preserve America
Forum in Buffalo, New York. The forum will be Oct. 19, 2011 from 1
p.m. – 3:30 p.m., in conjunction with the National Trust for Historic
Preservation's annual conference.
year’s theme for the forum is “Historic Communities and America’s Great
Outdoors.” Participants are invited to explore the community
implications of the federal America’s Great Outdoors Initiative
announced last year by President Obama, and how it should be integrated
with local preservation. We want to consider ways to successfully
combine preservation with outdoor recreation and natural resource
conservation, and how communities are working to make their hometowns
more livable and sustainable in today’s challenging economy.
share your successes and best practices, and come away with practical
ideas for your own local programs. ACHP staff will be on hand to
help guide the discussion and update participants on the latest
developments in Washington, DC.
you are willing to make a short presentation sharing your
community’s successful strategies as they relate to the theme, please
e-mail by Sept. 16, 2011, to Ron Anzalone.
Although you are encouraged to register for the entire conference,
general registration is NOT required to attend this free affinity group
session which precedes the main conference.
or not you want to make a presentation, if you plan to attend the
Community Forum, we ask that you please RSVP no later than close of
business on Sept. 30 to Judy Rodenstein. Please
provide your name; title; Preserve America Community, Certified Local
Government, Main Street, or other affiliation; e-mail address; and phone
We look forward to seeing you in Buffalo!
Central Terminal Building (National Trust photo: Jason Clement)
Check Out a New Web Site on Sustainable Communities
The federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities has launched a new Web site – www.sustainablecommunities.gov
– which offers a wealth of information about federal programs and
resources that can help local leaders enhance the sustainability of
their communities. Sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban
Development, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of
Transportation, the site has a section on available grants, links to Web
publications on a variety of topics and other information.
Participate in National Public Lands Day
Lands Day is Sept. 24, the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event
for public lands, and it’s not too late to register a site in your
community. Public lands include city and county property as well as
lands owned by the federal or state governments. If historic resources
on public lands in your community would benefit from a concentrated,
one-day influx of volunteer labor, go to www.publiclandsday.org for more information.
McHenry is a National Public Lands Day volunteer site organized by the
National Aquarium. (photo courtesy National Park Service)
New Preserve America Community Features Dynamic Community Web Site
Borough of Smethport, Pennsylvania, located along U.S. 6 in the
Pennsylvania Wilds region of northern Pennsylvania, over the last decade
has developed a Web-based community and school project. Called the Virtual Historic Smethport & McKean County Project, but nicknamed “Planet Smethport”
(www.smethporthistory.org), it is the brainchild of recently retired teacher and current Smethport Mayor Ross Porter. He
and students from Smethport High School have led the development of
Planet Smethport for the benefit of the entire community and region.
described on the Web site, “We are building an immense puzzle in which
we are fitting historic photos, post cards, biographies, geographies,
histories, newspaper clippings, personal histories & interviews,
obituaries, artifacts, & memorabilia all together to form a huge
portrait puzzle of this magnificent McKean County & Smethport area.
Eventually all (or nearly all) of the scenes within the site will be
linked to a current photo of the same location."
site is owned and operated through the Smethport Area School District.
It is being created by both Smethport students both past and present as
well as interested community members both past and present. email@example.com
Orlo J. Hamlin mansion
Preserve America Community Spotlight: Oyster Bay, New York
Here are some ideas that may inspire you from the most recent Oyster
Bay Main Street News. The Hamlet of Oyster Bay has been a Preserve
America Community since 2008.
Packaging Promotion Boosts Historic Destinations
Oyster Bay Railroad Museum announces the "Spend A Day In Oyster Bay"
tourist program, which runs through Labor Day weekend, Fridays,
Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tourists can spend a
day in one of the most picturesque and historic areas on the north shore
of Long Island. The program's goal is to market and promote the area's
historical, cultural and retail establishments.
The "Spend A Day" program is featured in the
Long Island Rail Road 2011 "Long Island Getaways" package which includes
discounted round trip rail fare and local ground transport provided by
Oyster Ride's minivans. The van loop includes the major attractions:
Oyster Bay Railroad Museum, Planting Fields Arboretum/Coe Hall, Sagamore
Hill, Theodore Roosevelt Bird Sanctuary and Young's Memorial Cemetery.
Also included is the use of "electronic wands" for a self-guided audio
walking tour to the many historical attractions in the downtown,
including the Oyster Bay Historical Society/Earle Wightman House,
Raynham Hall Museum, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park and the Waterfront
The program, a long-held goal of many organizations to capitalize on
the potential of Oyster Bay as a viable historical destination, is a
collaborative effort of the Railroad Museum, Oyster Bay Chamber of
Commerce, Oyster Bay Main Street Association, Long Island Railroad, and
the organizations mentioned above. For more information, visit www.obrm.org, or call (516) 558-7036.
Public to Enjoy Works by Artists in Historic Landscapes
Studios 1st Plein Air Competition is being held in August at Sagamore
Hill National Historic Site in Oyster Bay, New York - a setting with
more than 83 acres of beautiful landscape, as well as the last home of
Theodore Roosevelt, a 23-room Victorian structure of frame and brick.
The historic site is located on the Gold Coast of northern Long Island.
Entry is by application and is limited to 35 artists.
are scheduled and awards will be given out to those who make paintings
of distinction. Selected works will be exhibited at the Oyster Bay
Historical Society. For more information, visit http://inoysterbay.blogspot.com/2011/06/plein-air-competition-at-sagamore-hill.html.
Oyster Bay Railroad Museum