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Trump Administration Announces $12.8 Million in Save America’s Treasures Grants

Space Shuttle hanging in exhibit
The Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission has been awarded a Save America’s Treasures Grant to fund the conservation and restoration of Space Shuttle Pathfinder Orbiter Simulator.

Photo courtesy of US Space and Rocket Center.

News Release Date: August 20, 2020

Contact: NewsMedia@nps.gov

WASHINGTON – The Trump Administration announced today $12,800,000 in Save America’s Treasures grants to fund 42 preservation and conservation projects in 26 states. The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), awards these matching grants to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections.

In 2019, Congress appropriated funding for Save America’s Treasures from the Historic Preservation Fund which uses revenue from federal oil leases to provide a broad range of preservation assistance without expending tax dollars. The program requires applicants to leverage project funds from other sources to match the grant money dollar for dollar. This award of $12.8 million will leverage more than $25.9 million in private and public investment.

“From conserving the papers and artifacts of William “Count” Basie to stabilizing a sandstone cliff dwelling of the Ancestral Puebloan culture, these grants enable educational institutions, museums, tribes, and local governments to preserve significant historic properties and collections for ongoing purposes of inspiration and education,” said Margaret Everson, Counselor to the Secretary, exercising the delegated authority of the NPS Director.

The Federal Save America’s Treasures program was established in 1998, and is carried out in partnership with IMLS, NEA, and NEH. From 1999 to 2018, the program provided $323 million to more than 1,200 projects to preserve and conserve nationally significant collections, artifacts, structures and sites. Requiring a dollar-for-dollar private match, the grants leveraged more than $479 million in private investment and supported more than 16,000 local jobs.

For a list of all previously funded Save America’s Treasures projects, please view The Impact of the Save America's Treasures Grant Program Map at https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1623/hpf-in-action.htm

For more information about the grants and the Save America’s Treasures Program, please visit https://www.nps.gov/preservation-grants/sat/index.html.

Save America’s Treasures Awards:
 
State/City Project Grantee Award Amount
Alabama
Huntsville
Conservation and Restoration of Space Shuttle Pathfinder Orbiter Simulator Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission $500,000
California
Riverside
Rehabilitation of Harada House National Historic Landmark City of Riverside $500,000
Colorado
Towaoc
Casa Colorado Site Stabilization and Repair Ute Mountain Ute Tribe $125,000
Connecticut
Mystic
Preserving and Accessing Mystic Seaport Museum Curatorial Files Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. $102,000
District of Columbia
Washington
Union Station East Hall Scagliola Finish Restoration Union Station Redevelopment Corporation $342,500
District of Columbia
Washington
Preservation of the Wurts Brothers Photography Collection National Building Museum $121,182
Florida
Lakeland
Restoration of Polk Science Building Planetarium Florida Southern College $250,000
Florida
Miami
Preservation of Historic Superintendent's House at Vizcaya Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Trust, Inc. $500,000
Illinois
Champaign
Preserving the Gwendolyn Brooks Papers The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois $115,237
Indiana
West Lafayette
Preservation of Samara, the John E. and Catherine E. Christian House Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana $500,000
Indiana
Columbus
Repair and Restoration of the First Christian Church Tower Southern Indiana Housing and Community Development Corp $500,000
Indiana
Indianapolis
Planning for Sustainable Collections Improvements The Children's Museum of Indianapolis $124,642
Kentucky
Lexington
Building Improvements to the William S. Webb Museum of Anthropology Collections Center University of Kentucky Research Foundation $445,327
Louisiana
New Orleans
Preservation of the McDonogh 19 Elementary School Cafeteria Leona Tate Foundation for Change, Inc. $500,000
Maine
New Castle
Frances Perkins Homestead Preservation Project Frances Perkins Center $500,000
Maryland
St. Mary's City
Conserving High Priority Artifacts at Historic St. Mary's City State of Maryland, dba Historic St. Mary's City Commission $121,520
Maryland
Baltimore
Conservation of the Maryland Historical Society Daguerreotype Collection Maryland Historical Society $120,875
Massachusetts
Boston
Hamilton House Preservation and Resiliency Project Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities $165,000
Missouri
Excelsior Springs
Preservation of the Historic Hall of Waters City of Excelsior Springs $500,000
Nevada
Ely
Repair of Nevada Northern Railway Locomotive #40 Nevada Northern Railway Foundation, Inc. $487,160
New Jersey
Princeton
Preservation of Morven Historic Home Historic Morven, Inc. $210,000
New Jersey
Newark
Conserving the Count Basie Papers and Artifacts Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey-Newark $443,500
New Mexico
Santa Fe
Preservation of Los Luceros Historic Site Museum of New Mexico Foundation $451,252
New York
New York
Preserving the Fashion Institute of Technology Records from the Garment District Fashion Institute of Technology $83,137
New York
Oswego
John F. Nash Tugboat (LT-5) Preservation Project H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego $365,593
New York
Syracuse
Gustav Stickley House Restoration Greater Syracuse Land Bank $500,000
New York
New York
Edward Blank YIVO Vilna Online Collections YIVO Institute for Jewish Research $119,433
New York
Long Island City
Conservation and Digitization of Henry Darger Collection Materials American Folk Art Museum $156,700
New York
Manlius
Canal Society of New York State Collections Inventory and Rehousing Canal Society of New York State $171,000
Ohio
Richfield 
US Navy Submarine USS Cod (SS 224) Restoration Cleveland Coordinating Committee for Cod, Inc. $395,050
Ohio
Cincinnati
Taft Museum of Art Rehabilitation Taft Museum of Art $500,000
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Stabilization Cellblocks 13 and 14 of Eastern State Penitentiary Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc. $498,717
Pennsylvania
Johnstown
Johnstown Incline Restoration Project Cambria County Transit Authority $500,000
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Exterior Preservation of Wyck House Wyck Association $209,202
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Manuscripts of the Muslim World at the Free Library of Philadelphia Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation $100,000
Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh
Wilkinsburg Borough's WPA Mural and Grand Army of the Republic Textiles Center for Civic Arts $25,000
Texas
San Antonio
Army Medical Department Museum Public Access and Modernization Army Medical Department Museum Foundation, Inc. $480,000
Utah
Logan
Saving the Keller Collection at the Utah State University Museum of Anthropology Utah State University $74,464
Vermont
St. Johnsbury
Preservation of the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium $458,400
Virginia
Hampton
Conservation of the Samuel Chapman Armstrong Letter Books Hampton University $249,898
Washington
Gig Harbor
Conserving the 1925 fishing vessel Shenandoah Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society $130,453
Wyoming
Cheyenne
Vore Buffalo Jump Collection Conservation and Digitization Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources $157,758
Total Awards     $12,800,000
 
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Last updated: August 20, 2020

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