Help Preserve the Nation's Capital

History will come alive as American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation bring their Partners in Preservation community-based initiative to raise awareness of the importance of historic preservation to the nation’s capital. This first-of-its-kind preservation effort will enlist the help of Washington, D.C. Metro area residents, and anyone who loves the Capital Region, to help choose which of 24 historic buildings, icons and landmarks will receive a portion of the $1 million in preservation funding.

Beginning today through May 10, Partners in Preservation invites the public to visit www.PartnersinPreservation.com to help their favorite historic place earn points by voting online and via mobile, sharing with friends via Twitter, checking in on Foursquare and capturing images using Instagram. The historic place that receives the most points is guaranteed full funding of their preservation project. Full details on the program terms and how to earn points for historic places can be found at www.PartnersinPreservation.com.

At the end of the program, a Partners in Preservation advisory committee comprised of Washington-area civic and preservation leaders will recommend how the remainder of the preservation grants will be awarded. District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell are the honorary chairs for the Partners in Preservation advisory committee.

“We are excited to bring this year’s Partners in Preservation program to the National Trust’s hometown,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Since its inception in 2006, the campaign has not only provided valuable visibility and resources to historic sites, but also presented a platform for the public to support their favorite historic places in their community. With many diverse places of local and national significance in the Washington, D.C. metro area, Partners in Preservation will enable local preservationists and visitors to the Capital Region to experience historic sites as they never have before.”

The 24 historic places in the greater Washington, D.C. Metro area competing for the $1 million in grants are:

Abner Cloud House at the C&O Canal, Georgetown, D.C.

All Souls Church Unitarian, Adams Morgan, D.C.

Arlington House, Arlington, Va.

The Athenaeum, Alexandria, Va.

Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, Shaw, D.C.

Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office, Penn Quarter, D.C.

Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls, Va.

Congressional Cemetery, Barney Circle, D.C.

Darby Store, Beallsville, Md.

Dumbarton Oaks Park, Georgetown, D.C.

The GALA Hispanic Theatre at The Tivoli, Columbia Heights, D.C.

George Mason Memorial, National Mall, D.C.

Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt, Md.

Heyden Observatory, Georgetown, D.C.

The Kennel at Aspin Hill Memorial Park, Silver Spring, Md.

LAMB at Military Road School, Brightwood, D.C.

Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, Anacostia, D.C.

Meridian Hill Park, Columbia Heights, D.C.

Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Scott Circle, D.C . Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va.

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Franklin Park, D.C.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Mount Vernon Square, D.C.

U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, Va.

Washington National Cathedral, Tenleytown, D.C.

On May 4-5, the 24 historic places will host an open house weekend for the public to visit, learn more about and cast votes for the participating historic places. Admission will be free or discounted, and sites will be campaigning for votes with on-site activities highlighting their rich histories.

Through this partnership, 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 places. The program also hopes to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities. For more information, visit PartnersinPreservation.com or Facebook.com/PartnersinPreservation, or follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/PartnersinPres.

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May 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM Patrick Hudak

Sadly, while this very good campaign goes on, the city is on the verge of demolishing nearly all of the McMillan Reservoir Park Historic District, located at the intersections of Michigan Avenue and First Street NW. They intend to replace it with office buildings and townhouses.

It was considered an engineering marvel (and a thing of beauty with its Olmsted Garden) at the time it was built and is on the National Register of Historic Places. You can see pictures of McMillan here:

http://friendsofmcmillan.org/?page_id=85

A group of volunteers (The Friends of McMillan Park) has launched a petition drive to force the city to consider development proposals that provide amenities while preserving the historic integrity of the site.

You can sign our petition here:

www.surveymonkey.com/s/RG8TZH8

It took several thousand signatures to save Eastern Market from the fate planned for McMillan. I hope you'll join us in fighting for this unique and historic treasure.

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