Preserve America News |June
A Message from ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson
I am honored President Obama chose me to be the next chairman of the
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). Having served as the
State Historic Preservation Officer in California for six years, I am
very familiar with the important work of the ACHP. The Preserve America
program has been the impetus for much revitalization in California, as
it has been across the country, and has given us a means to embrace and
celebrate our diverse cultural heritage in communities as varied as
Fresno, Richmond, the Asian-Pacific Islander neighborhoods of Los
Angeles and San Francisco, and the Wiyot Tribe. I especially look
forward to bringing an appreciation for history and culture along with
the preservation message to young people and to constituencies that may
be new to the ideas of historic preservation.
served on a panel during the 2006 Preserve America Summit that forged
recommendations for the future of the national historic preservation
program at the 40th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation
Act. I am delighted to lead this unique agency forward to continue its
integral mission to promote historic preservation. As a part of that
responsibility I look forward to working with all of you to support
stronger and more vibrant communities through the benefits of heritage
tourism and economic development which come hand in hand with
preservation – and with Preserve America.
partnering with more than 20 Tribal Historic Preservation Officers
in California for the past five years has led to three major summits
with the 106 federally recognized tribes and more than 40
non-federally recognized tribes. These summits have led to a better
understanding of common goals toward the preservation of our cultural
heritage. I hope to continue this unique relationship nationwide. Read more.
Donaldson (left) participates in the Preserve America Summit.
Arden Kucate (right) is chairman of the ACHP's Native American
America's Great Outdoors
April 16, President Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar launched
an initiative called America’s Great Outdoors with the signing of a Presidential Memorandum
. The objective is to learn about the smart, creative ways communities
and other partners are working to conserve outdoor spaces and treasured
landscapes, and also how they and public agencies can help Americans
reconnect with the nation’s land, water, wildlife, culture and history.
with the Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection
Agency, and the President’s Council on Environmental Quality, the
Department of the Interior is taking the lead and has begun collecting comments and ideas
. Soon the agencies will host listening sessions around the country.
The ACHP encourages active involvement in this effort from cultural
heritage groups and communities across the country that are committed
to preserving and sharing their cultural and natural heritage. Preserve
America Communities, Preserve America Stewards and many public and
private partners have some of the best and most innovative programs for
accomplishing these goals, and
we urge you to get involved and make your views known.
Preserve America Stewards Recognized at BLM Event in Nevada
the April 10 grand opening of a visitor center at Red Rock Canyon
National Conservation Area, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director
Bob Abbey recognized Preserve America Stewards.
acknowledged the cultural site stewardship program of the Southern
Nevada Agency Partnership, which is managed by the Public Lands
Institute of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This volunteer
program helps monitor and protect cultural sites on lands in southern
Nevada managed by BLM and other federal agencies. Abbey also recognized
the volunteer archaeology program of the Kaibab Vermilion Cliffs
Heritage Alliance. The Alliance helps BLM and other federal agencies
preserve the cultural resources of the eastern Arizona Strip, an area
of nearly 2 million acres.
Apply for designation as a Preserve America Steward ; the next deadline for applications is September 1.
left, George Phillips, Public Lands Institute, UNLV; Kelly Turner,
representing the Southern Nevada Agency Partnership; and Bob Abbey
Join Preserve America in Austin
ACHP will host a forum at the National Trust for Historic Preservation
annual conference Oct. 27-30 in Austin, Texas. The Preserve America
Forum will provide for community networking, information exchange and
sharing of best practices on protecting historic resources,
promoting historic assets and building partnerships in tough economic
times. The latest information about Preserve America for FY 2011 will
ACHP would especially like to hear from communities in Texas and
nearby states who could present at the forum about challenges they face
in preserving and promoting their heritage, and how they are using
preservation in positive ways to help stimulate their
local economy. Please contact Judy Rodenstein by e-mail or phone (202) 606-8584 to attend and participate.
Texas Capitol (photo courtesy State Preservation Board)
Preserve America Grants Update
The National Park Service (NPS) is currently selecting grantees
for Preserve America Grants projects in Round II for 2010.
Approximately $1.3 million was available for grant awards; 102 eligible
applications were received from 37 states totaling nearly $8 million in
requests. Awards will likely be announced later in June. Meanwhile, the
2010 Round I grants of about $2.9 million were also finalized for 31
projects that were announced in 2009 but for which no money was
appropriated in the final FY 2009 budget. The award winners have been
notified of their grants' approval. These two rounds will
complete this year’s grant awards.
Preserve America Grants are not included in the President’s budget
request for FY 2011 and have been prominently mentioned in press
releases and on the White House Web site along with the termination of
Save America’s Treasures (SAT) funding and reductions in funding for
National Heritage Areas. There has been widespread concern about the
termination and reduction of these programs, and advocates have been
urging Congress to fund SAT and Preserve America Grants at $30 million
and $10 million, respectively, as well as increase heritage area
support. The ACHP produced a report on the effectiveness of the Preserve America Grants which may be useful as the budget discussions continue.
at Lewes, Delaware's Overfalls Maritime Museum. City of Lewes
Off-Season Maritime Historic Tourism Plan received a $35,000 grant.
Calling All Grantees: Your Opinion is Needed
ACHP would appreciate hearing from Preserve America grantees about the
usefulness and effectiveness of their grants, particularly as they
relate to local economic development and job creation. We would also
like to hear of grant projects that are combining cultural and natural
heritage with ways to reconnect people with the outdoors.
e-mail us with success stories created by National Park Service-funded
grant programs. Did you experience increased visitation, neighborhood
revitalization, economic development or job creation because of the
grant funding? Are natural resource groups cooperating with cultural
heritage organizations to save a great cultural landscape or interpret
the history of a special natural place?
Send your stories to the NPS as well as to Ron Anzalone
at the ACHP. Great examples might be featured on NPS’ Best Ideas page
or on the Preserve America Web site. Please include photos.
Santa Monica Pier “100 Years in the Past, 100 Years in the Future” $100,000 grant recipient
Civil War Stories Needed
the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Appalachian Regional
Commission (ARC) is compiling “Stories from the Home Front” to
help travelers and residents understand the full impact of the Civil
War on the region.
you or someone from your organization or community have a story about a
person or place in Appalachia affected or impacted by the Civil War?
Check whether your community falls in the ARC region and if so, submit your story. The deadline is June 5, 2010. Selected stories will be featured in a regional guide for travelers and residents.
Laura Bush Visits Arkansas
First Lady and Honoray Chair of Preserve America Laura Bush spoke in
Preserve America Community Blytheville, Ark., on May 15. She was
promoting her new book and also shared experiences about being First
leaders felt she already left a mark on the town during her White
House years since Blytheville received a Preserve America Grant of $55,
088 to rehabilitate its Art-Deco Greyhound station. The city
and Main Street Blytheville are partnering to develop a visitor
information center in the historic bus station. It will function as the
first stop in Blytheville and the Arkansas Delta, will tell stories
based on the “experience” of the bus station and will provide
information about other cultural and historic sites in Blytheville and
Blytheville Greyhound station
NOAA Offers Grants to Preserve Heritage
NOAA awarded more than $160,000 in internal grants for a variety of projects
. This popular internal funding program, in its sixth year, is designed
to stimulate efforts within NOAA to preserve, protect and promote the
agency's heritage assets. Funded projects have varied in scope from
interpreting historic and cultural resources in NOAA's care, to
capturing oral histories of NOAA stakeholder groups, including
fishermen and Native Americans. Funds are awarded only to NOAA offices.
However, other federal, state, tribal, Native Hawaiian, academic and
non-profit organizations may act as partners. All of the
proposals submitted demonstrate how the concept of using heritage to
communicate NOAA’s messages and programs has matured.
Oral History Boot Camp Workshop is June 14-16 in Silver Spring,
Md. This mini course is for NOAA Preserve America Internal Funding
projects. Participants will learn how to develop constructive questions
related to their projects and do hands on activities including the
use of digital recorders, interviews with NOAA leadership and
transcribing the interviews.
Artist's rendering of Great Lakes Maritime Center, a grant recipient