||"I am proposing
a public-private partnership to advance our arts and humanities,
and to celebrate the millennium by saving Americas
treasures, great and small."
President William Jefferson Clinton, 1998 State
of the Union
flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner"
will be preserved for future generations through the
generous support of Save America's Treasures
Corporate Partner, Polo Ralph Lauren.
he arrival of the new millennium
presents a unique opportunity to take stock of who we are as
Americans...and what we want to carry into the 21st
century. From the Star-Spangled Banner, to the ancient cliff
dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park, to historic monuments
in our hometowns, the testaments to our diverse American experience
can be found in communities across the country. Unfortunately,
too many of the historic sites, monuments, artifacts and documents
that tell Americas story are deteriorating and in danger
of being lost forever. These treasures urgently require conservation
and preservation to survive into the next millennium. To focus
public attention on the importance of our national heritage
and the need to save our treasures at risk, the White House
Millennium Council teamed with the National Trust for Historic
Preservation in 1998 to establish Save Americas Treasures.
|Richard Moe, President of the
National Trust, thanks the J. Paul Getty Trust for
its $1.1 million grant to establish the Save America's
Treasures Preservation Planning Fund. East Los
Angeles, Dec.10, 1998.
Save Americas Treasures
is a national effort to protect "America's threatened cultural
treasures, including historicstructures,collections, works of
art, maps and journals that document and illuminate the history
and culture of the United States." Established by Executive
Order in February 1998, Save America's Treasures was originally
founded as the centerpiece of the White House National Millennium
Commemoration and as a public-private partnership that included
the White House, the National
Park Service and
the National Trust for
Historic Preservation. Dedicated to the preservation and
celebration of America's priceless historic legacy, Save Americas
Treasures works to recognize and rescue the enduring symbols
of American tradition that define us as a nation.
Honorary Chair Laura Bush leads
this effort along with co-chairs Richard Moe,
President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and
the noted author, Susan Eisenhower,
granddaughter of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Mrs.
Bush succeeds former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton who continues
to support the program as its Founding Chair. The Committee
to Save America's Treasures, established to provide guidance
and support for this historic effort, includes individuals from
business, academia and philanthropy, as well as experts in the
fields of architecture, historic preservation, art, science
About the Partnership
Save America's Treasures at
the National Trust for Historic
the launch of Save America's Treasures in 1998 to the
end of 2000, the National Trust for Historic Preservation worked
with the White House Millennium Council to designate Official
Projects. Currently, Save America's Treasures at
the National Trust raises funds for historic preservation, advocates
the program in the public sector, builds visibility, and provides
ad hoc advice and assistance for projects. Please call (202)
588-6202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Save America's Treasures at
the National Park Service:
As the public partner
in Save America's Treasures, the National Park Service
administers the program's highly competitive federal grants.
Grant recipients automatically become designated Official Projects
when the grants are announced, usually in late summer.
Other Partners. Through
Save America's Treasures, the National Trust and the
National Park Service work closely with a group of partnering
organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts,
and the National Park
Foundation, that are active in determining goals and developing
public awareness and educational activities for the program.
to find out more about some of the leading participants in the
effort to Save America's Treasures.
Camp at Home" by Making Medicine, Cheyenne, circa
1875. National Anthropological Archives Smithsonian
It is one thing to read about our
history in books. It is another to understand our history by
seeing it, walking through it, experiencing it first hand. Our
important structures, original documents, works of art and authentic
artifacts inspire us as nothing else can. To help ensure that
future generations will have opportunity to experience our past
and understand our identity as a community and as a nation Save
Americas Treasures has established the following
- Foster pride in American
- Educate Americans on
preservation problems facing the buildings, sites, monuments,
objects and documents that represent Americas diverse
- Raise concern for the
urgent preservation needs of this countrys historic
and cultural treasures.
- Stimulate broad-scale involvement
in Save Americas Treasures including securing
necessary resources and support, organization of grassroots
preservation projects, participation in community preservation
and educational initiatives.
To reach these goals, the following
programs are being implemented:
- An educational outreach program
focusing on American history, preservation and conservation.
- The identification of Save
Americas Treasures Official
- A national campaign to generate
support and resources to help preserve treasures that are
at risk of being lost.
- A national public awareness
campaign, including visits to historic
sites, an interactive website, media outreach and other
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