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Preserving History in Our Nation's Capital

April 29, 2013

Last week, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation launched the eighth installment of our Partners in Preservation program – this time in the Washington, DC Metro Area. This historic preservation initiative will enlist the help of Washington, DC Metro area residents, and anyone who loves the Capital Region, to help choose which of 24 historic buildings, icon sites and landmarks will receive a portion of the $1 million available in preservation funding.

Beginning last Wednesday, April 24, and continuing through Friday, May 10, individuals can visit to help their favorite historic place earn points by voting on-line and via mobile devices once a day, every day, as well as sharing their votes with friends on Twitter, checking in on Foursquare and capturing images using Instagram. The historic place that receives the most points is guaranteed full funding of its preservation project. The rest of the preservation grants will be distributed with the advice of a local advisory committee.

Partners in Preservation Founded in 2006, the Partners in Preservation awards preservation grants to historic places across the country based on the participation of the public in an on-line voting campaign. Since 2006, American Express has committed more than $15 million to Partners in Preservation, helping historic places in seven cities, including San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, Saint Paul/Minneapolis and New York, and we have engaged more than one million people in the program.

Through this initiative, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public's awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America's historic and cultural treasures. The program also hopes to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places that are the heart of their communities.

Here is a list of the 24 historic places in the Washington, DC Metro Area that are competing for the $1 million in grants:

  • Abner Cloud House at the C&O Canal, Georgetown, DC
  • All Souls Church Unitarian, Adams Morgan, DC
  • Arlington House, Arlington, VA
  • The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA
  • Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, Shaw, DC
  • Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office, Penn Quarter, DC
  • Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls, VA
  • Congressional Cemetery, Barney Circle, DC
  • Darby Store, Beallsville, MD
  • Dumbarton Oaks Park, Georgetown, DC
  • The GALA Hispanic Theater at the Tivoli, Columbia Heights, DC
  • George Mason Memorial, National Mall, DC
  • Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt, MD
  • Heyden Observatory, Georgetown, DC
  • The Kennel at Aspin Hill Memorial Park, Silver Spring, MD
  • LAMB at Military Road School, Brightwood, DC
  • Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, Anacostia, DC
  • Meridian Hill Park, Columbia Heights, DC
  • Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Scott Circle, DC
  • Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts, Franklin Park, DC
  • Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Mount Vernon Square, DC
  • U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, VA
  • Washington National Cathedral, Tenleytown, DC

On May 4-5, each of the 24 historic sites will host an open house weekend for the public to visit, learn more about and cast votes for the participating historic sites. Admission is free or discounted, and sites will be campaigning for votes with various programs.

So, check out (or or, and vote for your favorite historic site in the Washington, DC Metro Area once a day, every day between now and Friday, May 10. Help us give away $1 million to preserve history in our nation's capital!

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P.S. Did you know that American Express has supported the preservation of almost 500 historic sites around the world with over $50 million in grants since our first grant to preserve the Acropolis in 1977?


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