May 25, 2016
Today, American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, announced our next Partners in Preservation program - the first national campaign in the program's 10-year history. In honor of the National Parks Service's Centennial this year, Partners in Preservation: National Parks is designed to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving historic places in U.S. National Parks.
Today through July 5, we are inviting you to vote for your favorite historic sites in National Parks at VoteYourPark.org, our online portal hosted by National Geographic, this year's media partner. We will award $2 million in grants to historic sites based entirely on this popular vote.
From pioneer cabins to scenic overlooks, sentry boxes to watch towers located in National Parks from Alaska to Puerto Rico, the 20 sites participating in this project reflect the diverse communities and experiences that make up our nation's cultural fabric. They are also consistent with the type of historic sites that have been preserved through the previous eight Partners in Preservation programs in San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, New Orleans, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Seattle, New York and Washington, DC. Since 2006, Partners in Preservation has committed $16 million in preservation funding to more than 200 diverse sites across the country.
New to the program for 2016 is a collaboration with National Geographic, a partner with strong ties to U.S. National Parks as well as historic preservation. As the media partner, National Geographic is launching a consumer engagement campaign across its digital and social platforms promoting Partners in Preservation: National Parks and inviting people to vote.
"We are thrilled to join forces with Partners in Preservation: National Parks and celebrate our shared commitment to preserve some of the world's most meaningful and culturally significant sites," said Susan Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief, National Geographic. "We love to give our readers an opportunity to engage with their passion for parks and Partners in Preservation: National Parks is an ideal way to activate our very engaged community and empower them to participate."
The 20 national parks vying for Partners in Preservation: National Parks grants include:
- Denali National Park, Denali Park, Alaska (Superintendent's Office)
- Everglades National Park, Homestead, Florida (Flamingo Visitor Center)
- Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon, Arizona (Desert View Watchtower)
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina (Clingmans Dome Observation Tower)
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, California (Alcatraz Guardhouse and Sally Port)
- Governors Island National Monument, New York, New York (Fort Jay Trophee D'Armes)
- Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, St. Louis, Missouri (North and South Overlooks)
- Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, California (Keys Ranch)
- Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta, Georgia (Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church)
- Minute Man National Historic Park, Concord, Massachusetts (Hargrove Barn and Parker's Revenge Battlefield)
- Mount Rainier National Park, Longmire, Washington (Longmire Historic District Search and Rescue House)
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, South Dakota (Borglum View Terrace)
- The National Mall & Memorial Parks, Washington, DC (Columbus Fountain)
- Pullman National Monument, Chicago, Illinois, (Pullman Administration Building)
- San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, San Antonio, Texas (Mission Concepcion convento and Father President's Office)
- San Juan National Historic Site, San Juan, Puerto Rico (San Felipe del Morro garitas)
- World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Honolulu, Hawaii (Battleship Row Mooring Quay)
- Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (Brink of Upper Falls Overlook)
- Yosemite National Park, Yosemite, California (Parsons Memorial Lodge)
- Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah (Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel and Highway)
A complete description and photographs of each project can be found at VoteYourPark.org. Voting begins on May 25 and continues through July 5th.
You can also show your support by sharing your national park experiences on social media and celebrating these sites using #VoteYourPark and tagging @savingplaces on Instagram and Twitter posts.
So, vote for your favorite park now!
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