NOVEMBER 02, 2018

Midterms are Next Week: Where Do Your Congressional Candidates Stand on Historic Preservation?

The midterm elections are only 4 days away. If you haven't already, be sure to check out Preservation Action's 2018 Historic Preservation Congressional Candidate Survey Results! 

Over the last few months Preservation Action surveyed congressional candidates in all 50 states an effort to keep Americans informed on where their candidates for office stand on the national historic preservation program, and to educate candidates on key historic preservation programs.

We received responses from nearly 150 congressional candidates, representing 37 states and the District of Columbia.  The results show historic preservation is a bipartisan issue and recognized as an important federal policy initiative by candidates from across the country.

Check out our website to learn more about our survey and to see how candidates in your state responded. In addition to reviewing the survey results, we encourage you to research where your members of Congress stand on historic preservation.   Check  out these additional resources to learn more.  VOTE PRESERVATION on Nov. 6th!

Kentucky's Camp Nelson Designated a National Monument

Last week, President Trump used the Antiquities Act to designate Kentucky's Camp Nelson, one of the largest Union Army recruitment and training centers for African Americans during the Civil War, a National Monument. With this designation, Camp Nelson becomes the 418th unit of the National Park Service. Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, was at Camp Nelson to announce President Trump's designation.

"America's parks, battlefields and monuments tell the story of who we are as Americans. Camp Nelson was instrumental as a refuge for escaped and emancipated slaves. The camp tells the story about Americans who risked absolutely everything they have and everyone they love to fight for their freedom, the cause of liberty and to preserve the Union" Secretary Zinke said

President Obama designated Camp Nelson a National Historic Landmark in 2013 and Secretary Zinke recommended the site be named a National Monument in 2017. This marks the Trump Administration's first National Monument designation. Last year President Trump issued an executive order to dramatically reduce the size of Bear' Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. Several tribal, environmental, and preservation organizations are currently challenging that executive order in court.
Applications Being Accepted for the Secretary's Awards for Historic Preservation

Applications are now being accepted for the Secretary of Interior's Awards for Historic Preservation. The annual, cabinet level awards recognize outstanding achievements by employees of Federal, state, tribal, and local preservation programs in preserving historic places through the national historic preservation partnership programs.

Do you know someone whose work at a federal, state, or tribal historic preservation office or Certified Local Government has significantly furthered the overall goals of the National Historic Preservation Act? Nominate a preservationists today! Applications are due by November 30th
Vote Your Main Street Campaign Awards $1.6 Million in Preservation Grants 11 Sites Across the Country

The 2018 winners of the Vote Your Main Street campaign were announced this week. The 11 winning historic sites were awarded $1.6 million in preservation grants, while all 20 participating sites received an additional $400,000. The campaign is part of the Partners in Preservation initiative launched between the National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Express, and National Geographic to increase public awareness and engagement in preserving America's historic places.

The winning sites are:
  • Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (Birmingham, Alabama)
  • The Church of the Epiphany (Los Angeles, California)
  • The Women's Building (San Francisco, California)
  • The Tabor Opera House (Leadville, Colorado)
  • Bronzeville Cookin' (Chicago, Illinois)
  • The Arch Social Club (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • City Hall Clock Tower (Biddeford, Maine)
  • Wah Chong Tai Mercantile and Mai Wah Noodle Parlor (Butte, Montana)
  • National Women's Hall of Fame (Seneca Falls, New York)
  • Historic First Baptist Church (San Marcos, Texas)
  • Union Street (Danville, Virginia)
All of the competing historic sites highlight the county's diversity and fight for equality. Learn more about these incredible preservation projects.
Join Preservation Action Foundation's Legendary Auction and Annual Member Meeting in San Francisco!
Get your tickets today for Preservation Action Foundation's Legendary  Party and Live Auction in San Francisco. The annual after party and auction will take place on November 14, 2018 immediately following the Opening Reception of the National Preservation Conference. Enjoy the atmosphere and exhibits  at the   California Historical Society , located in the former San Francisco Builders Exchange building in the vibrant Yerba Buena neighborhood, just a mile from the conference headquarters.

The annual auction has long been a highlight for Preservation Action Foundation and of the National Preservation Conference. Last year's auction in Chicago was a huge success and were excited to top that this year!

Preservation Action Annual Meeting

After the closing lunch of the National Trust's PastFoward conference, be sure to stick around to join Preservation Action's Annual Member Meeting on Nov. 16th at 2pm. This event is free and open to public. Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 16th
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
Water Front Room, CDE
San Francisco, CA

Preservation Action
2020 Pennsylvania Ave NW #313
Washington, DC 20006
p. 202-463-0970

Preservation Action is the only national  non-profit dedicated exclusively to lobbying for the best preservation policies at the federal level. We seek to make historic preservation a national priority by advocating to all branches of government through a grassroots constituency empowered with information and training.