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President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, National Park Service, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Institute of Museum and Library Services Announce $15.6 Million in Grants to Save America's Treasures

Washington, D.C. (Sept. 25, 2002) - Today, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), National Park Service (NPS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) jointly announced the awarding of $15,600,000 in Save America's Treasures (SAT) grants to help preserve and protect our nation's irreplaceable cultural heritage. Through the Congressionally-appropriated Historic Preservation Fund's SAT program, 80 projects in 36 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will receive funding for critically needed repairs and restoration efforts for some of the nation's most threatened historic places, archives, and artifacts. A list of funded projects is below.

"These Save America's Treasures grants help ensure that the nation's priceless cultural heritage will be passed on to future generations of Americans for many years to come. From monuments to manuscripts, the rich and varied stories of American democracy are being preserved and told," said Adair Margo, Chairman of the President's Committee.

The Save America's Treasures program addresses the urgent preservation needs of the nation's most significant historic sites and collections. The program is administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the President's Committee, NEA, NEH and IMLS. The NPS awards and administers grants for historic structures and sites, including historic districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects. The NEA, NEH and IMLS award and administer grants associated with collections, including artistic works and memorabilia (NEA); documents, papers and photographs from the nation's historical past (NEH); and cultural, historical and scientific artifacts (IMLS). Grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar with non-federal funds.

Among the new grant recipients are the New York City Ballet, founded by the legendary George Balanchine, which will preserve its collection of sets, films, costumes and musical scores. The bus in which Rosa Parks helped inaugurate the civil rights movement will be restored in Dearborn, Mich. by the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. In Chicago, the Field Museum will use funds for conservation of objects from dozens of prehistoric and historic Native American cultures. Boston's Old North Church, the landmark church of Paul Revere's famous ride, will restore its deteriorating windows. The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama will produce copies of recorded oral history interviews with surviving Airmen. In Washington State, the famed tugboat Arthur Foss, which carried supplies to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush, will be restored.

"Preserving historic place and museum collections helps us all understand better what it is to be an American," stated NPS Director Fran P. Mainella. "The 80 Save America's Treasures projects we award today ensure that more of our irreplaceable tangible heritage will survive to educate, inspire and enrich the lives of this and generations of Americans yet unborn."

IMLS Director Dr. Robert S. Martin said, "In the act of preserving historic, cultural and scientific artifacts we stand at a unique crossroads, keeping alive the stories of generations past for the benefit of generations to come. It is a pleasure to take part in this partnership to Save America's Treasures."

NEH Chairman Bruce Cole stated, "Our past is told in many ways, through historic papers, through music archives, through historical artifacts. The National Endowment for the Humanities is delighted to be a partner in preserving that heritage."

"It is important that we continue to document and preserve our country's significant artistic achievements," according to Eileen B. Mason, Senior Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. "By maintaining our nation's diverse cultural treasures -- from LOOK Magazine's photography archive, to the Flint Institute of Art's unique accumulation of works by three centuries of American artists, to the extensive Hawaiian Cultural Collection at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu -- we ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to discover the depth and beauty of our country's rich artistic heritage."

The NPS received 389 grant applications from eligible federal agencies; state, local and tribal governments; and nonprofit organizations. A panel of experts representing preservation and conservation disciplines reviewed the applications and recommended 80 awards totaling $15.6 million for approval. Selection criteria required that each project be of national significance, demonstrate an urgent preservation need, have an educational or other public benefit, and demonstrate the likely availability of non-federal matching funds.

Since FY 1999, 384 grants totaling $124.9 million have been awarded to preserve nationally significant and endangered historic buildings, structures, places, and archival and art collections. To date, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Midway Island have received grants.

Additional information on the Save America's Treasures program can be found on the PCAH website at www.pcah.gov, the NPS website at www2.cr.nps.gov/treasures/index.htm, or by contacting the NPS at 202-343-9570.

Additional Media Contacts:
Katherine Wood, PCAH, 202-682-5409
David Barna, NPS, 202-208-6843
Victoria Hutter, NEA, 202-682-5570
Jim Turner, NEH, 202-606-8671
Eileen Maxwell, IMLS, 202-606-8339

ABOUT SAVE AMERICA'S TREASURES

The Save America's Treasures program is funded by Congress and administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Grants support preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts, including archaeological artifacts, collections, documents, statues and works of art; and nationally significant historic structures and sites, including historic districts, buildings, structures, and monuments. The program was launched in 1998 as a public-private partnership that included the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to protect the nation's threatened cultural resources. It grew out of the recommendations of the landmark report Creative America, published by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 1997.

Each Save America's Treasures grant requires a dollar-for dollar match from non-federal sources, a requirement that has stimulated contributions from states, localities, corporations, foundations and individuals who value our shared heritage. The minimum federal funding level for collections projects is $50,000 and for historic property projects it is $250,000. The maximum grant in all categories is $1,000,000. Since the program's inception, grants have been awarded in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Midway Island.

Eligible to apply are nonprofit organizations; federal agencies; and state, local and tribal governments. The 2002 deadline for applications was April 5. The selection panel comprised of preservation and conservation experts met to evaluate applications and make funding recommendations. Selection criteria required that each project be of national significance, demonstrate an urgent preservation need, have an educational or otherwise clear public benefit, and demonstrate the likely availability of non-federal matching funds.

Information about the Fiscal Year 2003 program will be available at a later date.

2002 SAVE AMERICA'S TREASURES GRANTS

Grants are being awarded to 80 projects in 36 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. By law, each award requires a dollar-for-dollar non-Federal match. A large number of states, localities, corporations, foundations and individuals who value our shared heritage have already pledged to support these important projects through financial contributions, donations and in-kind services.

  • Alabama

    Tuskegee Airmen Oral History Recordings, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Tuskegee
    Award amount: $ 162,000
    The airmen were the first corps of officer-pilots of color in the U.S. military. Preservation copies of recorded oral history interviews with surviving airmen will be produced with this grant.

  • Arkansas

    Lakeport Plantation Home, Lake Village
    Award amount: $ 320,000
    Funds will restore the exterior of this 1857-58 Greek Revival cypress frame house, which has been owned by only two families throughout its history.

  • Arizona

    Kinishba Ruins, Whiteriver
    Award amount: $ 283,000
    This National Historic Landmark site is a large and significant example of Pueblo culture in the period of 1150-1400 A.D. Funds will be used to address erosion and structural failures that threaten the site.

    Memorial Hall, Phoenix Indian School, Phoenix
    Award amount: $ 200,000
    The Mission-Revival style Memorial Hall is the centerpiece of the Phoenix Indian School, the only non-reservation Bureau of Indian Affairs school in Arizona. Funds will assist in the restoration of the building.

  • California

    Gamble House, Pasadena
    Award amount: $ 350,000
    The National Historic Landmark Gamble House is the masterwork of the California architects Charles and Henry Greene. Funds will be used to address the deterioration of exterior wood elements.

    Keystone-Mast Stereographic Collection, Regents of the University of California, Riverside
    Award amount: $ 500,000
    Nearly every known stereo card image in existence was printed from the glass-plate negatives in this 250,000-piece collection. Funds will be used to construct a seismically isolated storage system for this fragile collection.

    Pier 1, San Francisco Port of Embarkation, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco
    Award amount: $ 341,000
    From 1910 to 1963, the National Historic Landmark Port was the point of embarkation for military personnel and supplies in the Pacific. Funds will be used to make the pier weather-tight in preparation for a new use.

  • Colorado

    Colorado Fuel & Iron Company Archives, Pueblo
    Award amount: $ 102,000
    Funds will be used to conserve and provide archival storage for this collection, which documents the industrial and corporate history of a company whose influence extended to mining, steel and iron milling and manufacturing across the West.

    Yellow Jacket and Shields Pueblos Artifact Collections, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez
    Award amount: $ 65,000
    The artifacts from these two sites are crucial to understanding the Colorado Plateau's Great Pueblo Period (1075-1300 A.D.). This grant will support the conservation of the collections.

  • Connecticut

    Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, Hartford
    Award amount: $ 250,000
    The grant will be used to restore the badly deteriorated windows of this 1844 building, America's oldest public art museum.

  • Delaware

    New Castle Courthouse, New Castle
    Award amount: $ 200,000
    This 1732 Georgian-style National Historic Landmark was an early seat of colonial government. This grant will be used to address the building's deterioration and antiquated mechanical and electrical systems.

  • District of Columbia

    Scurlock Photographic Studio Records, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
    Award amount: $ 125,000
    Images and negatives from the archives of the Scurlock Studio document the social, cultural and political life in Washington's middle- and upper-class African American communities in the first half of the 20th century. This grant will support the creation of preservation copies of all materials.

    Tudor Place, Washington, D.C.
    Award amount: $ 100,000
    This National Historic Landmark was designed by the architect of the U.S. Capitol and built by George Washington's granddaughter in 1816. This grant will be used to address water penetration in the building.

    World Trade Center Model, Octagon Museum/American Architectural Foundation Collection, Washington, D.C.
    Award amount: $ 62,000
    This seven-foot tall model illustrates the first six buildings of New York's World Trade Center and was fabricated in the model shop of Minoru Yamasaki Associates, the center's architect. The model has been damaged over time, and funds will be used for its restoration.

  • Florida

    Tampa Bay Hotel, Tampa
    Award amount: $ 400,000
    The hotel is a quarter-mile long Moorish castle constructed in 1891 by magnate Henry Plant as the flagship hotel for his rail and steamship system. This National Historic Landmark suffers from severe water infiltration, and the grant will be used to repoint masonry and repair windows.

  • Hawaii

    Chamberlain House, Honolulu
    Award amount: $ 310,000
    This 1831 National Historic Landmark is one of the earliest surviving examples of American-style domestic architecture in the Hawaiian Islands. The grant will address moisture problems and masonry conservation.

    Hawaiian Cultural Collection, Bishop Museum, Honolulu
    Award amount: $ 75,000
    This collection documents the cultural and natural heritage of the peoples of Hawaii and is the largest collection of Oceanic material culture on display in the world. The 1898 building housing the collection lacks climate controls and an effective ventilation system, and this grant will begin to address these issues.

  • Idaho

    Carey Act Maps, Idaho State Historical Society, Boise
    Award amount: $ 73,000
    The Carey Act of 1894 authorized states and territories to set aside up to one million acres of Federal land for irrigated farming in order to encourage settlement and development of the arid West. These maps document Idaho's Carey Act projects. This grant will be used to conserve the collection.

  • Illinois

    Columbus Park, Chicago
    Award amount: $ 200,000
    Jens Jensen, the dean of Prairie-style landscape architecture, designed this public park. Funds will be used to restore the children's playground, which has been heavily damaged by use and vandalism.

    North American Ethnographic and Archaeological Collection, Field Museum, Chicago
    Award amount: $ 400,000
    This collection preserves the artistic, ceremonial and utilitarian material culture of dozens of prehistoric and historic Native American cultures. The grant will provide conservation treatments for the wide variety of objects in the collection. Iowa

    Iowa Battle Flag Collection, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, Des Moines
    Award amount: $ 144,000
    This collection includes over 300 Civil War-era flags from Iowa's volunteer infantry and cavalry regiments and light artillery batteries, as well as Confederate flags captured in battle. The grant will support full conservation treatments of several flags and specialized storage for the entire collection.

  • Kentucky

    Appalshop Archive, Whitesburg
    Award amount: $ 135,000
    Appalshop produces music, film and video of and about the Appalachian region. With this grant, the organization will address conservation of its audio, film and video archive.

  • Louisiana

    New Orleans Notarial Archives, New Orleans
    Award amount: $ 64,000
    This grant will be used to conserve nearly 1400 French colonial and Spanish colonial documents dating from 1731 to 1816 and consisting of civil law notarial acts (legal private sector contracts).

  • Maryland

    Charles Carroll House, Annapolis
    Award amount: $ 200,000
    This 1706 house was the home of Charles Carroll, the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence. Stabilization and repair of the building's primary structural system will be undertaken with this grant.

    George Peabody Library, Baltimore
    Award amount: $ 325,000
    Part of the Mount Vernon Square National Historic Landmark District, the library's striking five-story stack room houses 300,000 volumes. The grant will be used to replace an antiquated HVAC system.

    Star Spangled Banner Flag House, Baltimore
    Award amount: $ 200,000
    This National Historic Landmark was the home of the seamstress who sewed the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the National Anthem. Funds will be used to address invasive moisture problems.

  • Massachusetts

    Fenway Studios, Boston
    Award amount: $ 250,000
    Constructed in 1905, the National Historic Landmark Fenway Studios was designed and built to serve as artists' studios and continues in this use today. Funds will be used to replace a deteriorated roof and rebuild crumbling decorative parapets.

    Jeremiah Lee Mansion Wallpaper Collection, Marblehead
    Award amount: $ 70,000
    This grant will support the conservation of three sets of rare, original mid-18th century English wallpapers in and from the Jeremiah Lee Mansion, a 1768 National Historic Landmark.

    Massachusetts Historical Society Manuscript Collection, Boston
    Award amount: $ 169,000
    The Society houses thousands of rare books and more than 3,500 collections of personal, family and institutional papers, including those of Presidents John and John Quincy Adams and Thomas Jefferson. This grant will be used to install a fire-suppression system in an addition to this National Historic Landmark building.

    McKim Building, Boston Public Library, Boston
    Award amount: $ 470,000
    The library is America's first free, publicly supported municipal library and its 1895 flagship building is a National Historic Landmark. Heavy use has taken a toll on the building, and this grant will be used to restore many of its primary public spaces and features.

    Old North Church, Boston
    Award amount: $ 317,000
    This National Historic Landmark is known to all Americans for its association with Paul Revere's ride. This grant will restore the windows throughout the building.

  • Michigan

    American Collection, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint
    Award amount: $ 300,000
    This collection includes works by major artists representing America's artistic movements from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Individual works have sustained damage and others are threatened by an inadequate art storage vault. Funds will be used to construct a new, climate-controlled and secure vault.

    Beaver Island Light Station, Beaver Island
    Award amount: $ 150,000
    The 1851 light station played a vital role in transportation and shipping on the Great Lakes. The grant will support needed building restoration and a fire suppression system.

    Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit
    Award amount: $ 500,000
    The Institute's auditorium is one of America's first museum theaters specifically built to show motion pictures. This grant will support its restoration.

    Rosa Parks Bus, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, Dearborn
    Award amount: $ 205,000
    The museum will use this grant to restore the Montgomery, Alabama, bus in which Rosa Parks took her legendary stand for civil rights to its 1955 appearance.

  • Minnesota

    Mimbres Pottery Collection, Frederick R. Weisman Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
    Award amount: $ 116,000
    Before they vanished from the archeological record in AD 1150, the Mimbres people produced remarkable black-on-white pottery bowls documenting their world. Funds will support their conservation.

  • Missouri

    John Baker Film Collection, American Jazz Museum, Kansas City
    Award amount: $ 96,000
    John Baker billed himself as the world's pioneer jazz film collector, amassing more than 1.5 million feet of film documenting American jazz history spanning the 1920s through the 1970s. Climate-controlled storage will be created, and film repair and conservation will be completed with this grant.

    Louisiana Purchase Transfer Collection, William Clark Family Collection, Meriwether Lewis Collection and Thomas Jefferson Collection, Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis
    Award amount: $ 140,000
    These collections illustrate the 1804 transfer of the Louisiana Territory to the United States and the subsequent exploration of the new territory by Lewis and Clark. The grant will support appropriate conservation treatments.

  • Montana

    World War II Seventh Ferrying Group Collection, Cascade County Historical Society Museum, Great Falls
    Award amount: $ 125,000
    Under the Lend-Lease Act, the Seventh Ferrying Group adapted U.S. airplanes to Soviet standards and flew the planes to Alaska, where Soviet pilots took over and flew them to the Russian front. Much of this collection of photographs, papers and objects has been in private hands until recently and has not received museum-standard care. This grant will provide environmentally stable collections storage.

  • Nebraska

    Nebraska State Capitol, Lincoln
    Award amount: $ 500,000
    The grant will support the disassembly and reconstruction of the south entrance, promenade stairs, drives and monumental retaining walls of this National Historic Landmark undermined by water migration.

  • New Mexico

    CCC/WPA Collections at 11 National Park Units in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Bandelier National Monument, Los Alamos
    Award amount: $ 125,000
    Funds will be used to conserve and restore metal and wood furnishings made by Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration workers in eleven Southwestern National Park units.

    Daisy Decelerator, Alamogordo
    Award amount: $ 54,000
    The U.S. Air Force used the Decelerator to study the effects of acceleration and deceleration on the human body, research that supported air and space programs such as the Mercury and Apollo missions. Grant funds will be used to restore and reassemble the Decelerator.

    Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe
    Award amount: $ 250,000
    Originally constructed for the Federal Treasury Department, this was one of the Department's first buildings to reflect a regional architectural style, the Pueblo Revival. Funding will be used to replace a deteriorated roof and restore water-damaged interior spaces.

    Salmon Ruins Collections, Salmon Ruins Museum, Bloomfield
    Award amount: $ 175,000
    These collections are the largest and most complete collections from any excavated site in the American Southwest. This grant will provide conservation for these Chacoan-period artifacts.

  • New York

    Industrial Removal Office Collection, Center for Jewish History, New York
    Award amount: $ 78,000
    This collection documents the work of a communal, self-regulating organization established to relocate Jewish immigrants from their home countries and from New York City's urban tenements to jobs and new lives in more than 1500 cities and towns across the country. Preservation microfilm copies will be created with this grant.

    LOOK Magazine Photographic Collection, Museum of the City of New York, New York
    Award amount: $ 64,000
    This 155,000-collection of negatives, prints, slides and color transparencies contains images dating from 1937 through 1965 and touching on all aspects of American life as shown in the pages in LOOK. This grant will provide archival storage for the collection.

    Luykas Van Alen House, Kinderhook
    Award amount: $ 175,000
    This 1737 National Historic Landmark is one of the few surviving examples of rural Dutch architecture in America. Funds will be used to improve site drainage and restore the wood shingle roof and masonry.

    New York City Ballet Archives, New York
    Award amount: $ 300,000
    Founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein in 1948, the Ballet has amassed a major collection of photos, films, sets, costumes, stage designs, musical scores and personal papers. The grant will enable the company to conserve and provide proper storage for this multimedia collection.

    Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton
    Award amount: $ 107,000
    This National Historic Landmark was the home and studio of 20th-century American painters Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. It contains their personal effects, artist materials and the studio floor on which Pollock created his masterpieces of direct painting. The grant will fund climate control and a fire-suppression system.

    Utica State Hospital, Utica
    Award amount: $ 200,000
    Opened in 1842, this National Historic Landmark was the state's first asylum for the insane poor. Vacant since 1978, this grant will support restoration of the first floor and mechanical systems.

  • North Carolina

    Chowan County Courthouse, Edenton
    Award amount: $ 208,000
    The National Historic Landmark courthouse is the oldest public building in North Carolina and the least altered colonial courthouse in America. This grant will be used to address rising dampness and moisture control problems.

  • Ohio

    James Thurber Collection, Ohio State University, Columbus
    Award amount: $ 58,000
    The Ohio State University Libraries house the primary collection of the work and personal papers of this 20th-century American humorist. The grant will support paper deacidification and other conservation treatments.

  • Oregon

    Vista House, Crown Point State Park, Corbett
    Award amount: $ 200,000
    The grant will support the restoration of the water-damaged interior of this 1916-18 lookout point along the National Historic Landmark Columbia River Highway

  • Pennsylvania

    George Washington Sleeping Tent Exterior, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Valley Forge
    Award amount: $ 286,000
    Funds will be used to conserve the sleeping tent exterior used by George Washington in the field during the American Revolution.

    Paper Collections, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
    Award amount: $ 54,000
    The collections contain the only known proof of the printing of the Declaration of Independence, the earliest drafts of the Constitution and original copies of the Emancipation Proclamation. Conservation treatments for these irreplaceable documents will be completed with this grant.

    Lincoln Railroad Station, Gettysburg
    Award amount: $ 125,000
    The foundation of this 1858 railroad station is failing and suffers from termite damage. The grant will address these problems.

    Moland House, Hartsville
    Award amount: $ 175,000
    The Moland House was the headquarters of General George Washington for several months in 1777. Funds will be used to address moisture and flooding problems.

    Pennsylvania's Basic Documents, Native American Deeds, and Proprietary Surveys, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg
    Award amount: $ 52,000
    These 48 documents, dating from 1681-1873, include the Commonwealth's First and Second Frames of Government, deeds negotiated between William Penn and several Native American tribes, and the earliest known surveys of important towns. The grant will fund the conservation of the documents.

    Thomas Jefferson Fossil Collection, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia
    Award amount: $ 63,000
    Thomas Jefferson's collection of North American Ice Age mammal fossils led to only one published paper, but his encouragement of others' research had a profound impact on the development of paleontology. The grant will stabilize his collection and provide appropriate permanent storage.

  • Puerto Rico

    Hacienda La Esperanza, Manati
    Award amount: $ 200,000
    Funds will be used to stabilize and preserve the machinery and remaining structures of the sugar factory at Hacienda La Esperanza, including an ornate 1861 steam engine manufactured in New York that is the sole surviving six-column engine by an American manufacturer.

  • Rhode Island

    Charles I. D. Looff Carousel, East Providence
    Award amount: $ 150,000
    This National Historic Landmark carousel is one of only 15 remaining in the country. Failing foundations that threaten the stability of the carousel and its pavilion will be repaired with this grant.

    Schooner Yacht Coronet, International Yacht Restoration School, Newport
    Award amount: $ 350,000
    The 1885 Coronet is the last remaining American grand yacht of the Gilded Age, with an ornate interior featuring the finest materials of the era. Funds will be used to restore the vessel's hull.

    The Breakers, Newport
    Award amount: $ 250,000
    Funds will be used to replace the heavily damaged terra cotta roof of this Gilded Age National Historic Landmark mansion.

  • South Carolina

    Fort Hill Collections, Clemson
    Award amount: $ 73,000
    This National Historic Landmark was the home of 19th -century Vice-President John C. Calhoun and subsequently, his son-in-law Thomas Green Clemson. This grant will assist in the conservation of the home's original furnishings, artwork and books.

    Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz Collection, ETV Endowment of South Carolina, Columbia
    Award amount: $ 81,000
    Since 1979, Marian McPartland, one of the world's most skilled improvisational pianists, has hosted the weekly National Public Radio program Piano Jazz. Tapes of over 500 programs will be conserved and preservation master copies will be created with this grant.

  • Texas

    LaSalle's La Belle Shipwreck & Artifacts, Texas Historical Commission, Austin
    Award amount: $ 300,000
    This grant will support completion of the conservation of over one million artifacts recovered from the explorer LaSalle's ship La Belle, which sank in the 17th century and was discovered remarkably intact in 1995.

    Sculptures, Fountain Pylons and Bas-Reliefs, Fair Park, Dallas
    Award amount: $ 200,000
    This grant supports the conservation of the cast-concrete outdoor statuary, fountain pylons and bas-relief sculpture on the Esplanade of State in the National Historic Landmark Fair Park.

    Spanish Colonial Heritage Material, University of Texas, San Antonio
    Award amount: $ 56,000
    Since the late 1960s, archeological excavations at missions and Spanish Colonial sites in and around San Antonio have gathered thousands of artifacts. Outdated conservation and storage methods have contributed to deterioration of the artifacts. Funds will be used to provide conservation and appropriate storage.

  • Utah

    Spring City Old School, Spring City
    Award amount: $ 100,000
    In the 19th century, Brigham Young directed the establishment of more that 400 settlements in the Intermountain West. Spring City is the best-preserved of these Mormon villages, and this grant will assist in the restoration and seismic retrofit of the community's historic school.

  • Vermont

    Painted Theater Curtains of Vermont, Vermont Museum & Gallery Alliance, Woodstock
    Award amount: $ 150,000
    This grant will provide stabilization and conservation of 100 colorful painted theater curtains that were commissioned as prominent features of town halls, small opera houses and theaters across rural Vermont.

    Shelburne House, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne
    Award amount: $ 215,000
    Originally a Gilded Age country estate and model farm, Shelburne Farms is now a National Historic Landmark working farm and education center. Grant funds will be used to upgrade the antiquated and inadequate electrical system that poses a risk to the intact Shelburne House and its finishes and furnishings.

    St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury
    Award amount: $ 399,000
    A local manufacturer built this National Historic Landmark library as a gift to the people of his town in 1871. The building and furnishings remain intact. Antiquated mechanical and electrical systems will be replaced with this grant.

  • Virginia

    Menokin, Warsaw
    Award amount: $ 366,000
    The National Historic Landmark Menokin was the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Funds will be used to conserve the house's finely detailed interior wood paneling.

    Monumental Church, Richmond
    Award amount: $ 319,000
    Designed by noted architect Robert Mills, this National Historic Landmark was constructed in 1812. The grant will be used to halt general deterioration and to restore the building.

    USS Monitor Collection, The Mariner's Museum, Newport News
    Award amount: $ 100,000
    This grant will support the conservation of the engine, cannon, gun carriages and other components of the National Historic Landmark Union ironclad that sank during the Civil War.

    Washington Monument Sculpture Group, Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of General Services, Richmond
    Award amount: $ 50,000
    The grant will support conservation treatments for the bronze figures and stone structure of this group, which includes the first equestrian statue of George Washington ever commissioned, statues of six other prominent Virginians and several allegorical figures.

    Women's Memorial Collection, Women in Military Service, Arlington
    Award amount: $ 237,000
    This collection documents the service of women with the U.S. Military from the American Revolution to the present. The grant will be used to conserve the growing collection and to provide environmentally sound storage for its wide variety of materials.

  • Washington

    Tugboat Arthur Foss, Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center, Seattle
    Award amount: $ 150,000
    Launched in 1889, this National Historic Landmark tugboat towed logs on the Columbia River and carried supplies to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. Funds will be used to restore the vessel's hull and decks.

  • Wisconsin

    USS Cobia Archival Collection, Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc
    Award amount: $ 100,000
    The grant will support conservation and archival storage of the collection of construction blueprints, operating manuals and technical guides related to this National Historic Landmark World War II fleet submarine.

  • Wyoming

    Historic Drawings and Documents Collection, Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone
    Award amount: $ 60,000
    The 15,000 drawings in this collection document work in the nation's first National Park from the 19th century to the present. This grant will support conservation of the collection.

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