Preserve America Stewards
Preserve America Stewards is a designation program that recognizes programs that have demonstrated a successful use of volunteer time and commitment in order to help care for our historic heritage.
Designation recognizes programs of organizations and agencies that:
- provide volunteers with opportunities to contribute in direct and tangible ways to the preservation, protection, and promotion of historic properties;
- address an otherwise unfilled need in heritage preservation through the use of volunteer efforts; and
- demonstrate innovative and creative use of volunteer assistance in areas such as youth involvement, volunteer training, public education, and public/private partnerships.
Benefits of designation include:
- a letter of designation from First Lady Michelle Obama;
- a certificate of recognition signed by the First Lady;
- authorization to use the Preserve America logo in public outreach and promotional activities;
- listing in a Web-based Preserve America Stewards directory;
- publicity in the Preserve America e-newsletter.
Non-profit organizations, government entities (federal, state, local, or tribal), and businesses are eligible to seek designation for their programs. Four application and designation cycles occur each year, with application deadlines on March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. To apply, submit the Preserve America Stewards Application (pdf) (doc).
Thirty-six Preserve America Stewards have been officially designated and recognized for their exemplary volunteer efforts to care for historic resources around the country since the program was announced in 2008. They are the following:
Monterey State Historic Park
Weir Farm National Historic Site
Pleasant Home Foundation
Glasco Community Foundation
Maine Maritime Museum
Thacher Island Association
Passport in Time (PIT) Program
Douglas County Historical Society
Friends of Oberlin Village
Updated August 27, 2012