Preserve America News |July
Preserve America Grant Funding Moving Through Congress
before the Fourth of July recess, Congress took important action to
move forward federal historic preservation funding for the next fiscal
year. The House provided $6.175 million for the Preserve America Grant
program for Fiscal Year 2010, which begins Oct. 1, 2009. The Senate
took a more restrictive approach to all historic preservation funding,
endorsing the President's $3.175 million recommendation for the grants.
$3.175 million would cover the projects recommended for funding in 2009
but for which no money was available. The additional $3 million in the
House version would provide additional funds for another grant round
next year. Read more.
Preserve America Grants Effectiveness Study
The ACHP has released the report “Preserve America Grants: Assessment of Effectiveness”
for Congress and the general public. This report was prepared in
response to a request by the Committee on Appropriations after the FY
2009 omnibus appropriations did not include funding for Preserve
America Grants. The report determines the Preserve America Grants
program is effective in addressing many state and local heritage
tourism needs, despite its short existence and a relatively small
federal investment. Read background on the report and related case studies. The National Park Service grants Web site
has information about the specifics of the Preserve America Grant program.
Grafton Willard House wayfinding sign Massachusetts
Kickoff Service Learning Project a Success
the Student, By the Student, For the Student, a service learning
project created by students of the Harpers Ferry Middle School to
present the story of the John Brown Raid to other youths during the
150th anniversary of the raid, was presented to the public for the
first time on June 25.
The students conceived and created six vodcasts that
interpret the history of the John Brown Raid from their perspectives.
These will be used by the National Park Service and the Journey Through
Hallowed Ground Partnership to help educate visitors to the region to
the significance of the John Brown Raid. The videos are also available
on YouTube. Read more.
Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget in the
Department of the Interior Robert Stanton speaks to the audience June
25 at the unveiling.
Lac du Flambeau Band Recognition
a ceremony on June 19, ACHP Chairman John L. Nau, III recognized the
Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Wisconsin as
a Preserve America Community. The Lac Du Flambeau band is the third
Indian tribe or band to be designated a Preserve America Community. Read more.
Lac du Flambeau Bear River Pow Wow
Colorado Preserve America Youth Summit
youth had the opportunity to directly influence policy for tourism,
public lands and archaeology in early June through the 2009 Colorado
Preserve America Youth Summit. The summit was sponsored by Colorado
Preservation, Inc., the Colorado statewide preservation nonprofit
organization. More than 100 students and teachers spent three days
touring historic properties, exploring how they believe youth could be
more engaged in archaeology, cultural resources and tourism.
year, students visited sites in southwest Colorado, including Crow
Canyon Archaeological Center, Anasazi Heritage Center and Mesa Verde
National Park. Students presented their findings at the end of the
summit to officials from the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado
Historical Society, Colorado Tourism Office, National Park Service,
United States Forest Service, and other federal, state and local
Mesa Verde National Park
Preserve America at the National Trust
Preserve America Communities, Grant recipients, Stewards, and other
interested parties! You are invited to share information and ideas on
best practices, networking needs, and the future of the Preserve
America program at a session at the National Trust for Historic
Preservation's annual conference Oct. 14 in Nashville, Tenn. For more
information on this session contact Judy Rodenstein
at the ACHP. For conference information contact the National Trust.
Developing the Next Generation of Heritage Stewards
wonder how to pass on a preservation ethic to the next generation?
Summertime is an excellent time for students to get to know their local
historic resources and become involved in caring for them. Some
Preserve America Communities have found creative ways to integrate
summer youth programs with historic preservation and heritage
Read about programs in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Oregon.
If there is an innovative summer youth program in your Preserve America Community, please share it with us. Contact Raina Regan at the ACHP.
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