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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 $22 million in support of more than 200 sites.

The 2018 Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign invites the public to #VoteYourMainStreet to decide which historic sites along 20 of America’s favorite Main Streets should receive $2 million in preservation funding from American Express. The campaign runs from September 24th to October 26th.

Chartered by Congress in 1949, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has more than 60 years experience saving America’s historic places and promoting preservation as a tool to advance vibrant, sustainable cities and towns. This year American Express and the National Trust are partnering with the National Main Street Center for Partners in Preservation: Main Streets – a grassroots campaign recognizing 20 historic sites on American Main Streets.

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. To put this into perspective, 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 2018 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 and encouraged to vote once a day for up to five Main Street projects at VoteYourMainStreet.org. 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.