Partners in Preservation

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Partners in Preservation is an initiative created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express to engage the public in preserving and increasing awareness of America’s historic places and their role in sustaining local communities. Since its inception in 2006, Partners in Preservation has committed over $25 million in support of more than 250 historic sites.

The 2019 Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign will have a special emphasis on historic buildings and sites that celebrate the contributions of women in Main Street communities across America. Through this campaign, Partners in Preservation will seek to uncover and raise awareness of women's often unrecognized contributions to American history and society. The campaign invites the public to #VoteYourMainStreet to determine which sites will receive $2 million in preservation funding from American Express. The campaign runs from September 24th to October 29th.

Chartered by Congress in 1949, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has more than 60 years of experience saving America’s historic places and promoting preservation as a tool to advance vibrant, sustainable cities and towns. America’s Main Streets represent a diverse tapestry of our history and culture. They also contribute to the local identity and vitality of our communities. Every dollar that is invested in a Main Street program spurs $32.56 of new investment in the community. In 2016, this amounted to $4.65 billion nationwide.

Just as American Express has motivated millions of Americans to shop along their Main Streets during Small Business Saturday, the 2019 Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign will create national awareness of the connection between historic preservation and our country’s thriving Main Streets. When citizens support their local historic sites and districts, they drive development, preserve character, attract visitors, and propel commerce.

During this campaign, the public is invited to vote once a day for up to five Main Street projects at The Main Streets with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be awarded grants until the full $2 million is distributed.

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