Preserve America News |April 2008
Seven Preserve America Communities and one Preserve America Grant
winner were honored at an event in Gettysburg April 11. The
Pennsylvania Past Players, dressed in Civil War-era attire, welcomed
the crowd, and the event was sponsored by the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development and the Advisory Council on Historic
Preserve America Community Gettysburg is planning for the 150th
anniversary of its Civil War battle. Preserve America Communities
Carlisle, Chambersburg, Hanover, Harrisburg, Lancaster and York were
The Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office received
its grant presentation of an $80,000 "check" for the
Pennsylvania Civil War and Underground Railroad Project which will
create a living history program in an effort to increase the
visibility of Underground Railroad and Civil War resources in
Franklin, Adams, Dauphin, and York counties.
Presentation of the Preserve America
Grant to the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation
Grants Now Available
Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior Lynn
Scarlett, along with Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Chairman John L. Nau III, recently announced 43 Preserve America
Grants in 25 states totaling $2.9 million. The application period
for round two of 2008 is now open with a deadline of June 30 to
apply for grants totaling $4.3 million to be awarded in
September. Read more here.
This year, the History Channel will again award Save Our History
grants up to $10,000 to fund partnerships between history
organizations and schools or youth groups on projects that teach
students about their local history and actively engage them in its
The 2008-2009 application is due by June 6, 2008. For more
information on Save Our History grant projects and guidelines visit
U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service Grants Announced
The National Wildlife Refuge System and the National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation offer a Preserve America Grant program
and have announced the latest winners. The competitive grants
($10,000 - $15,000) help fund national wildlife refuge interpretive
and education projects focusing on history and historic sites and
how they contribute to conservation and understanding of natural
The latest winners are the following: 1) Backyard Classroom for
the Menokin Foundation in Warsaw, Va.; 2) Corps of Discovery for the
curators of the University of Missouri; 3) Outdoor Laboratories
for Student Scientists at Virginia Tech; 4) the Historic P
Ranch at the Harney County Historical Society in Oregon; 5) Ice
Age Alaskan Archaeology at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks;
6) Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Centennial
Trail and pamphlet by the Friends of Deer Flat NWR in southwest
Idaho; 7) the Whaley Homestead Interpretive Project for the
Montana Preservation Alliance.
Service archaeologist Eugene Marino said the grant program has
been in place for two years, and a call for applications for next
year's round likely will occur in August 2008. For more information,
Sign up now for the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's
Section 106 course. It is the only Section 106 course
taught by the federal agency responsible for administering the
National Historic Preservation Act’s Section 106 review process.
Information about this course is available here.
Section 106 advanced seminar for experienced Section 106
users is taking place in Kansas City. The regular course is
being offered in Washington, D.C., San Diego, Seattle, Pierre,
Atlanta and Tulsa during 2008.
Clip art licensed from the Clip Art
Gallery on DiscoverySchool.com.
Seen as Distinctive
Six of the latest Dozen Distinctive Destinations in the
United States, named by the National Trust for Historic
Preservation, are Preserve America Communities.
One, Sainte Genevieve, Mo., is home to 2005 Preserve America
Presidential Award winner Bolduc House Historic Properties. The
other Preserve America Communities are Aiken, S.C.; Columbus, Miss.;
Red Wing, Minn.; San Juan Bautista, Calif.; and Wilmington, N.C.
According to the National Trust, these vacation destinations
offer an authentic visitor experience by combining dynamic
downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural
landscapes and a strong commitment to historic preservation and
revitalization. Read more here.
Louis Bolduc House circa
Expert Panel Announced
One of the recommendations from the Preserve America Summit of
2006 introduced the idea of having an expert panel examine the
structure of the federal historic preservation program. Panel
members were chosen by the co-chairs of the Preserve America
Steering Committee--John L. Nau, III, chairman of the Advisory
Council on Historic Preservation, and Lynn Scarlett, deputy
secretary of the Department of the Interior. The panel will
meet May 8 to begin its work.
The panel members are the following: Susan Barnes, vice chairman,
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and president and chief
executive officer, The Landmark Group of Companies; Philip Grone,
former deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and
environment, Department of Defense; Dan Jordan, president, The
Thomas Jefferson Foundation and trustee, National Trust for Historic
Preservation; Frank G. Matero, professor of architecture and chair
of the graduate program in historic preservation, University of
Pennsylvania; Richard Moe, president, National Trust for Historic
Preservation; David Morgan, former Kentucky State Historic
Preservation Officer and project panel member, National Academy of
Public Administration; Brian Patterson, council member of the Oneida
Indian Nation and chairman of the United South and Eastern Tribes;
Joseph P. Riley, Jr., mayor of Charleston, South Carolina; Jay D.
Vogt, South Dakota State Historic Preservation Officer and
president, National Conference of State Historic Preservation
Officers; and Doug Wheeler, partner, Hogan & Hartson.