Preserve America News |March
New Preserve America Communities and Stewards Announced
Lady Michelle Obama announced the latest Preserve America Communities
and Stewards in early February. This brings the total to
814 communities and 21 stewards across the country. Read more.
Pierre, S.D., is one of the newest Preserve America Communities. The 1910 state capitol is pictured here.
Preserve America Grants Status
Following the President's State of the Union message, in February the
Administration's proposed budget for FY 2011 was released. No funding
was requested for the Preserve America or Save America's Treasures
grants programs, and funding for National Heritage Areas was cut in
half. Now that the budget proposal has been presented to Congress,
attention turns to the appropriations committees in the House and
Senate for action on these requests. The National Trust for Historic
Preservation has begun leading an effort to have funding restored for
these programs at the FY 2010 level, which included $4.6 million for
Preserve America and $25 million for Save America's Treasures.
Preserve America Overview
America Communities have now been designated in all 50 states, the
District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories (U.S. Virgin Islands
communities as well as all of American Samoa). The latest 19
communities were designated on February 2, 2010, by the White House.
(Since July 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama designated 78 communities.)
More than 1,000 applications for designation have been received since
the program was announced in 2003.
Below is the breakdown of the designated communities:
713 Municipalities (cities, towns, villages, boroughs, townships, unincorporated communities)
19 Distinct neighborhoods within large cities (population over 200,000)
4 Indian tribes/Alaska Native communities
2 Joint City-County
1 U.S. territory (American Samoa)
date, a total of $20.25 million for 259 grant projects in 49 states has
been awarded for Preserve America Grants through seven competitive
grant rounds. An eighth grant round closed on February 12, 2010, and
applications are currently being processed by the National Park
Service. Grant awards will be announced later this spring. Not
including the most recent 2010 grant round, 618 project proposals have
been received by NPS requesting more than $58 million (nearly
three times the available funds).
far, 76 percent of Preserve America grantees have been Preserve America
Communities, with 22 percent of grants going to State Historic
Preservation Officers (some of this funding has been sub-granted to
communities) and 2 percent to Tribal Historic Preservation
Offices. Types of projects supported have included interpretation and
education (31 percent), promotion (29 percent), planning (20 percent),
research and documentation (16 percent) and training (4 percent).
White Mountain Apache Tribe Museum, Arizona. The tribal community is a designated Preserve America Community.
Dozen Distinctive Destinations
The National Trust announced its annual list of the Dozen
Distinctive Destinations across the United States, and six are Preserve
America Communities. They are Huntsville, Ala.; Sitka, Alaska; Fort
Collins, Colo.; Simsbury, Conn.; Rockland, Maine; and Bastrop, Texas.
Fort Collins has received two Preserve America Grants, and Simsbury and
Bastrop have each received one, contributing to their success as
heritage tourism destinations. Read more from the National Trust. Read the community profiles of the Preserve America Communities.
Preserve America Community Rockland, Maine, windjammer parade
Journey Through Hallowed Ground Launches New Program
the most of a Preserve America Grant, the Journey Through Hallowed
Ground (JTHG) Partnership is launching a certified
hospitality-training program to help local businesses within the JTHG
National Heritage Area reap financial rewards. The JTHG Partnership
sought and secured $500,000 to underwrite this program, nearly half of
which came from a grant from Preserve America. Training is $49 per
conjunction with convention and visitor bureaus and destination
management organizations throughout the 180-mile JTHG National Heritage
Area running from Gettysburg to Monticello, the JTHG Certified Tourism
Ambassador program will train thousands of staff who interact with
visitors regularly, to elevate the visitor experience into one that
encourages them to stay longer, experience more of the JTHG National
Heritage Area, share their positive experiences with others and come
for return visits. Read more.
Training new ambassadors
More Grants Available
1986, the Mayors' Institute on City Design (MICD) has helped transform
communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban
designers of their cities. To build on the momentum created by the MICD
over its quarter-century history, the Arts Endowment is announcing the
NEA Mayors' Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary initiative which
will award a limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to
$250,000, to showcase and celebrate the goals of the MICD during its
anniversary in 2011.
may include planning, design and arts engagement activities. Eligible
applicants include cities (or their designees) that have participated
in the Mayor's Institute in the past or are planning to participate in
2010. This includes many Preserve America Communities. Statements of
interest are due on March 15, 2010, and invitations to apply will be
issued April 8, 2010. For more information, application materials and
to see if your community is eligible to apply, go to www.arts.gov/grants/apply/MICD25/index.html.
Heritage Tourism Examples Needed
The Preserve America program is seeking good examples of heritage
tourism projects or programs from Preserve America Communities that, in
the opinion of local organizations and partners, have been especially
successful at attracting visitors or interpreting heritage resources;
have been relatively cost-effective with low to moderate implementation
costs; have been used or maintained for some time with available
resources and without major new annual investments of time and money;
and might be replicated by other communities. We would love to hear
from you, especially if you would like to brag about a particularly
innovative or creative approach to local heritage tourism. Selected
projects may be featured on the Preserve America Web site or used in
presentations and publications. Please send a very brief description
(no more than a paragraph) and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can follow up with you.
Preserve America Community Charles Town, W.Va. Civil War reenactors