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25 Boston-Area Historic Sites Compete for $1 Million in “Partners in Preservation” Grants; Online Voting Determines Winner

American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation Multi-Year Program Provides $5.5 Million to Preserve Historic Sites

BOSTON, MA, April 14, 2009 — American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation today launched the community-based Partners in Preservation program in Greater Boston, an initiative that provides $1 million in restoration grants from American Express to local historic sites. This innovative online program encourages local residents and people across the country to participate by voting for their favorite historic place from a diverse slate of 25 sites across the Greater Boston area at www.PartnersinPreservation.com, from April 14 – May 17. Additionally, people can post personal stories and share photos throughout the program.

The program was officially launched at Historic Faneuil Hall with The Honorable Deval L. Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts; The Honorable Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of the City of Boston; Richard Brown, Vice President, Philanthropy, American Express; David Brown, Executive Vice President, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Wendy Nicholas, Director, National Trust for Historic Preservation Northeast Office; and representatives of the 25 sites.

“Historic preservation not only protects our heritage, it also stimulates the economy by creating jobs in travel and tourism throughout the Commonwealth,” said The Honorable Deval L. Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts and Co-Chair of the Partners in Preservation Advisory Committee.

As noted during the press conference, research has shown that the rehabilitation of historic buildings generates as much if not more employment than new construction(1). Preservation also infuses money into the economy by purchasing materials needed to complete projects.

The Greater Boston area is the fourth region to host the Partners in Preservation program and receive funding from American Express, which previously supported preservation projects in San Francisco, Chicago and New Orleans. Together, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are redefining preservation across the country through the Partners in Preservation program.

“Greater Boston’s central role in the founding of our nation, and the important place it holds in telling America’s tale, make it a perfect place for the Partners in Preservation program,” said the Honorable Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of the City of Boston and Co-Chair of the Partners in Preservation Advisory Committee.

“Through the Partners in Preservation program, we seek to spotlight historic sites in Greater Boston, drive local tourism and business, while saving pieces of history,” said Timothy J. McClimon, President, American Express Foundation. “Every vote counts towards providing a better future for Greater Boston’s historic treasures. We encourage everyone to vote online daily and help us choose the winning sites to receive grant funding.”

“We work with communities to save the places that matter to them,” said David J. Brown, Executive Vice President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Partners in Preservation provides a way for individuals living in the Boston area to actively participate in the work to save our heritage. By helping us give away a million dollars for preservation, they are creating a lasting legacy for this community,” added Brown.

People can cast one vote per day online at www.PartnersinPreservatiton.com now through May 17. The winner of the popular vote is guaranteed funding. Additional grants will be awarded on June 16 to a number of the other sites after review by an Advisory Committee comprised of Greater Boston civic and preservation leaders, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In total, $1 million in preservation grants will be awarded.

American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation used specific criteria to select the chosen 25 diverse historic sites, including their historic, architectural and cultural significance, demonstrated community support, ability to complete a preservation project by December 2010, and potential to contribute to tourism or community development. They range from cultural centers to maritime treasures. The 25 selected historic places in Greater Boston are as follows:

Crane Estate, Ipswich
Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, South End
Edgell Memorial Library, Framingham
Eliot Congregational Church of Roxbury
Jose Matéo Ballet Theater, Cambridge
Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, Concord
Lowell’s Boat Shop, Amesbury
Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge
Museum of African American History, Beacon Hill
National Monument to the Forefathers, Plymouth
Norfolk County Agricultural High School Dairy Barn, Walpole
New England Aquarium, Boston
Norfolk Grange Hall, Norfolk
Old North Church, North End
Old Ship Meeting House, Hingham
Paragon Carousel, Hull
Paul Revere House, North End
Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown
Salem Old Town Hall, Salem
Schooner Adventure, Gloucester
St. Joseph’s High School, Coalition for a Better Acre, Lowell
St. Peter’s Church, Dorchester
United First Parish Church, Quincy
VillaVictoria Center for the Arts, South End
Vilna Shul, Beacon Hill
American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation encourage all Greater Boston residents, and people who care about Greater Boston, to cast their vote April 14 – May 17. The public can vote once daily until Midnight on May 17. A public Open House at all 25 sites will be held the weekend of May 2 – 3, 2009, to allow the community an opportunity to tour and learn more about each of the historic sites. Hours, exclusive American Express merchant offers and additional information can be found on the Partners in Preservation website at www.PartnersinPreservation.com. The Advisory Committee will hold a closed-door session to review the candidates on June 9. The recipients will be announced at a press conference on June 16.

About the Partners in Preservation Program
Launched in 2006, Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, pledged $5.5 million over a five-2022 period toward preserving historic places throughout the United States. American Express has already allocated $2.4 million in preservation grants, which has allowed recipients to make significant progress in achieving their preservation goals.

In 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 landmarks. The program also seeks to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities.

About American Express
American Express Company is a leading global payments and travel company founded in 1850.

Historic preservation has long been the hallmark of American Express’ involvement in the community, reflecting its recognition of the contribution of sites and monuments to a sense of national and local identity and the role that their preservation can play in attracting visitors and revitalizing neighborhoods. As early as 1983, American Express launched a cause-related marketing effort that raised $1.7 million for the preservation of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. From 1996 to 2005, American Express contributed more than $10 million to help preserve 126 historic sites in 62 countries from the World Monuments Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites. In June 2006, the company announced the American Express Partners in Preservation initiative, with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as its partner in the U.S. and the World Monuments Fund as its partner internationally.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, nine regional and field offices – including the Northeast Office in Boston – 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories.

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(1) National Trust for Historic Preservation, Sustainability Study, 15 October 2007.

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