Preserve America News |March
Preserve America Celebrates a Milestone; Looks for Feedback
Preserve America program celebrated its 10th anniversary on March 3.
Now with 887 designated communities, 38 stewards, and numerous awards,
millions of dollars in grants, and improved historic preservation in
communities across the United States, Preserve America is a successful
endeavor. This anniversary opens up the opportunity to see what else can
be done and what accomplishments have taken place in your communities.
Please read more and send us feedback!
2005 Presidential Award winner Isaiah Davenport House Museum, Savannah, Ga.
New Preserve America Community Designations
Lady Michelle Obama recently signed and sent designation letters
recognizing five new Preserve America Communities. They are Tucson,
Ariz.; Windsor, Colo.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Howard County, Md.; and
Colorado City, Texas–bringing the nationwide total to 887.
Windsor, Colo. Whitehall schoolhouse
First Lady Designates New Preserve America Stewards
Since the last Preserve America e-newsletter, First Lady Michelle Obama has designated two new Preserve America Stewards.
New Bedford Historical Society works to preserve and celebrate the
heritage of African Americans, Cape Verdeans, Native Americans, West
Indians and other people of color in New Bedford, Mass. Volunteers are
the backbone of the group, and the Preserve America Steward designation
recognizes their efforts to restore and interpret the Nathan and Mary
Johnson House, an Underground Railroad site. Read more details.
volunteers of the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
preserve and interpret the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad as a
living museum. It has been featured in a number of movies including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
A 64-mile segment of the original Denver & Rio Grande Western
narrow gauge rail line, the scenic railroad runs through stunning
mountain scenery in Colorado and New Mexico. The historic importance of
the railroad led to its designation as a National Historic Landmark in
Read more details.
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad preservation
Proven Tools for Sustainable Growth and Heritage Tourism
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Preserve America program with an exciting day of presentations and idea sharing with some of the best thought leaders in the industry.
Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) Partnership, the ACHP and the
National Park Service have developed a dynamic educational track during
the JTHG Partnership’s 2013 Annual Conference entitled, “More Bang for the Buck: Tools for Sustainable Growth and Heritage Tourism.”
Sessions will focus on project management, best practices, economic
development opportunities, grant administration and heritage tourism.
you are a preservation or economic development planner, tourism
professional, elected official, preservation activist, historian or
educator, join us in Gettysburg, Penn. on May 21 and consider staying
for the full conference.
Read program and registration details.
Gettysburg's Shriver House Museum
Registration Open for National Main Streets Conference
to help save the heritage and character of your downtown while making
it vibrant and profitable? The 2013 National Main Streets Conference
April 14 -16 in New Orleans is the ideal place to learn new skills and
discover innovative strategies.
Check out the conference program and register online.
Familiar Faces Emerge at Secretary's Award Ceremony
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar decided to use the ACHP quarterly
business meeting March 1 for his Historic Preservation Award
presentation, one of the honorees turned out to be a longstanding friend
of the Preserve America Community (PAC) program.
Pierce, Lake City, Colo., received the Secretary’s most recent award
that is presented annually to a person who has made outstanding
contributions to the National Park Service’s Certified Local Government
(CLG) program. When the ACHP heard Pierce was receiving the award both
she and Lake City sounded familiar to ACHP staff members. Sure enough,
Pierce had nominated Lake City to be a PAC early in the program’s
Secretary of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Awards program was
established relatively recently. Yet, of the first three CLG recipients,
two have been PACs. William Morgan, of Muncie, Ind., was given the
award in 2011. There also have been three years of awards presented to
an individual serving as a Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO).
One of the former recipients, Kelly Jackson, is THPO for the Lac du
Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Wisc., whose tribe is a
will be interesting to see if the Secretary’s Award trend holds with
PACs rising to the top of the recognition pyramid in years to come.
Congratulations to Pierce, Jackson, Morgan and to Lake City, the Lac du
Flambeau Band and Muncie for their outstanding preservation
Learn more about the CLG program. Read more on the March 1, 2013
ACHP business meeting.
ACHP Chairman Wayne Donaldson, Michelle Pierce, Secretary Ken Salazar
New ACHP Members Sworn In
At the March 1 meeting of the ACHP, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar swore in two new ACHP members: Teresa Isabel Leger de Fernandez and Dr. Lynne Sebastian, both of New Mexico.
Leger de Fernandez
is a partner at Nordhaus Law Firm and serves as General Counsel to
several Indian tribes. She also works in various capacities to serve the
Latino community. More information on her life and career is available
on the ACHP Web site.
is Director of Historic Preservation Programs at the SRI Foundation.
She is an archaeologist, anthropologist, and long-term cultural resource
management practitioner. More information on her life and career is
available on the ACHP Web site.
New Co-Chair of the Congressional Historic Preservation Caucus
Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) has signed on as the new Co-Chair of the
Congressional Historic Preservation Caucus. Holt joins Rep. Michael
Turner (R-OH), the other Co-Chair.
caucus brings together Members of Congress who understand and
appreciate the value of America’s historic places. Caucus members
support and encourage the preservation and thoughtful economic
development of historic places in their districts, states, Indian
reservations and as a matter of national policy.
represents Princeton and a number of other historic communities in
central New Jersey. Turner’s district includes Dayton, a Preserve
America Community. Is your Representative a member of the Historic
Preservation Caucus? If not, perhaps they would be interested in
joining. You may suggest they contact Turner (202-225-6465) or Holt
(202-225-5801) for more information.
U.S. Rep. Rush Holt
Preserve America Community Dorchester County Celebrates Harriet Tubman
of the first designated Preserve America Communities in the United
States, located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is recognizing the
centennial of the death of well-known African American abolitionist and
Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman throughout 2013.
Tubman was born into slavery in Dorchester County around 1822. On March
9, 2013, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley—along with several hundred
national, state and local supporters—broke ground for the 17-acre
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center,
commemorating her life and legacy. The park is projected to open in
2015. The 125-mile Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway traverses Dorchester as well as adjoining Caroline County. Read more information.
Hurricane Sandy Recovery Funding
Jan. 28, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 152, a package of measures aimed
at assisting victims of Hurricane Sandy in the Mid-Atlantic and
Northeast. The President signed the bill into law the next day, since
the House had passed the measure earlier. Included in the bill was $50
million in grants from the Historic Preservation Fund for states and
tribes to pay for historic resource repair and rehabilitation projects,
and such grants will not require a non-federal match. A portion of the
money may also be used by the states to defray the costs of National
Historic Preservation Act Section 106 compliance activities and program
hard-hit areas have been featured in widespread news reports, including
the New York City area, the New Jersey shore, and eastern Long Island.
We are also aware of a number of Preserve America Communities that were
affected by the storm up and down the coast, such as Lewes, Del., Wall
Township, N.J., New London, Conn., Newport, R.I., and Falmouth, Mass.
Some areas had downed trees, power outages, flooding and beach erosion;
others more extensive structural damage. All affected communities and
states are continuing their property assessments and planning for repair
rehabilitation work over the widely affected storm area.
Come to Indianapolis!
ACHP has proposed an affiliate session for the National Trust’s annual
Preservation Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2013.
The theme of the conference is “Preservation at the Crossroads,”
and the title of the proposed session is “Historic Communities and
Tourism: How Do We Connect the Dots?,” in partial recognition of the
10th anniversary of the Preserve America program. The session would be a
two-hour forum similar to what the ACHP has been sponsoring for the
last several years. We will be circulating more information in the next
couple of months, but if you want to be contacted about the session please submit your name and contact information to Judy Rodenstein.
The Irvington neighborhood of Indianapolis is a Preserve America Neighborhood.