News Release

National Park Service, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Humanities Announce $12.6 Million in Save America’s Treasures Grants

Hill House, home of Flannery O’Connor in Milledgeville, GA
Built in the late 1820s, Hill House was the first home built on the farm of prominent Southern novelist and short-story writer, Flannery O’Connor. The home was restored through a Save America’s Treasures grant in 2010.

Photo Credit: Hill House, Flannery O’Conner’s Andalusia, Georgia College & State University, 2018.

News Release Date: September 20, 2019


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WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) today announced $12.6 million in Save America’s Treasures grants to assist funding 41 preservation and conservation projects in 23 states.

The 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), awarded these matching grants to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections through the Save America’s Treasures program.

“Save America’s Treasures helps preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections that convey our nation's rich heritage to future generations of Americans,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. “This $12.6 million in funding will leverage more than $22 million in private and public investment for preservation and conservation projects without spending taxpayers' money.”

“Through these competitive matching grants, the National Park Service and our federal, state, tribal, local government, and nonprofit partners are helping communities preserve some of our nation’s most important historic places and collections,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith. "By doing so we are saving these sites and stories for future generations.”

The Federal Save America’s Treasures program was established in 1998, and is carried out in partnership with IMLS, NEA, and NEH with the objective of preserving nationally significant historic properties and museum collections for future generations of Americans to experience, learn from, and enjoy.

From 1999 to 2017, more than 1,300 projects received $328 million to provide preservation and conservation work on nationally significant collections, artifacts, structures and sites. Requiring a dollar-for-dollar private match, these grants leveraged more than $377 million in private investment, and contributed more than 16,000 jobs to local and state economies.

In 2018, Congress appropriated funding for Save America’s Treasures from the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), which uses revenue from federal oil leases to provide assistance for a broad range of preservation assistance without expending tax dollars. The current disbursement of awards is from the 2018 appropriation.

The projects funded by the 2018 appropriation include:

  • Conservation of sound recordings from Alexander Graham Bell at the Smithsonian

  • Restoration of Willa Cather’s childhood home in Nebraska

  • Rehabilitation of the National Soldiers’ Home in Wisconsin

  • Preservation of the Casita Desiderio y Pablita Ortega in New Mexico

The Save America’s Treasures program requires applicants to leverage project funds from other sources to “match” the grant money, which is awarded after a competitive review of project proposals. Buildings and collections which have previously received Save America’s Treasures grants are not eligible to receive a second grant for the same project.

For a list of all previously funded Save America’s Treasures projects, please view the SAT Impact Map at

For more information about the grants and the Save America’s Treasures Program, please visit An additional $13 million will be available in FY2019 funding in the fall of 2019.

National Save America’s Treasures Program Grant Recipients 


Project Title


 Funded Amount


Kobuk River Collection Rehousing and Stabilization

University of Alaska Fairbanks



Conservation of The Hawk for Peace, a Stabile by Alexander Calder

Regents of the University of California


Los Angeles

Restoration of Residence A at the Aline Barnsdall Complex

Project Restore



Repair of the First Theatre in Monterey

Monterey State Historic Park Association


San Diego

Restoration of the Botanical Building Welcome Gallery

Balboa Park Conservancy


San Francisco

Conservation of the Lost New Deal Frescos of San Francisco's Art Institute

San Francisco Art Institute


Colorado Springs

Conservation of Museum Panoramic and Oversized Photographs

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy


Washington DC

Saving Sound recordings from Alexander Graham Bell's Volta Laboratory

Smithsonian Institution



Conservation of Artifacts and Records from 17th Century Franciscan Mission Site of San Juan del Puerto

University of Florida


Idaho Falls

Conservation of the Wasden Archeological Collection Representing 15,000 Years of Native American Occupation on the Snake River Plain

Museum of Idaho



Upper South Amana Hotel Restoration

Amana Colonies Historical Site


Des Moines

Assessing and Repairing 4 Extant Buildings at Fort Atkinson Historic District




Restoration of Olson House, Site of American Artist Andrew Wyeth’s Painting, Christina’s World

William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum



Preservation, Conservation and Digitization of Kennedy Family Collection, Scrapbooks and Albums

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.



Preservation of the Nantucket Lightship/LV-112

United States Lightship Museum, Inc.


Mound Bayou

Isaiah T. Montgomery House Restoration

Mississippi Heritage Trust, Inc.



University of Mississippi Curation of Archaeological Materials and Associated Records

The University of Mississippi


Red Cloud

Restoring Willa Cather's Childhood Home

The Willa Cather Foundation


New Jersey

Rehabilitation of the Adirondack Great Camp, Eagle Island

Eagle Island, Inc.


New Mexico
Santa Clara

Fort Bayard Museum and Education Building Restoration

The Village of Santa Clara


New Mexico

Conservation and Preservation of the Casita Desiderio y Pablita Ortega

Cornerstones Community Partnerships


New York

Asbestos Abatement and Remediation aboard USS SLATER

Destroyer Escort Historical Museum


New York

Richardson Olmsted Campus Roofing Repairs

Richardson Center Corporation


New York
New York City

Conservation of Carnegie Hall Architectural Drawings Collection

Carnegie Hall Corporation


New York
New York City

Conservation of the New York Historical Society's Beekman Family Coach

New-York Historical Society


New York

Eastman Museum Colonnade Restoration Project

George Eastman Museum


New York

Restoration of Fort Ticonderoga's North Demi-lune

The Fort Ticonderoga Association


North Carolina

Black Mountain College Collection Conservation

Asheville Art Museum Association, Inc.


Mt. Pleasant

Preservation of the Free Labor Store/Benjamin Lundy House

Ohio Historical Society



Perkins Historical Property Restoration Project

City of Warren, Ohio



Preservation of 61 (non-deed) Historical Record Books Starting in 1785

The County of Bucks



August Wilson House Preservation Project

Duquesne University


Rhode Island

Marble House Roof Restoration

The Preservation Society of Newport County



Remediation of Rising Damp at Historic Christ Church

Foundation for Historic Christ Church, Inc.



Structural Repairs, Moisture Mitigation, and Re-roofing of the Petersburg Exchange Building

Historic Petersburg Foundation


Port Townsend

Rehabilitation of Fort Worden Building 305 (Historic Quartermasters Office & Storehouse)

Fort Worden Foundation



Historic Concrete Rehabilitation of the Georgetown Steam Plant

Seattle City Light


West Virginia

Systems update for the home of Revolutionary Colonel Charles Washington

Friends of Happy Retreat



Renovation of “Old Main” (Building 2) National Soldiers Home Residences

Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee


Richland Center

Preservation of the A.D. German Warehouse

A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy, Inc.



Digital Recordation of Site Records and Artifacts Recovered from the Hell Gap NHL Archeological Site

University of Wyoming


Total Awards




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Last updated: September 20, 2019