News Release

National Park Service and partner agencies announce $25.7 million in Save America’s Treasures grants

A narrow view of a column of metal shelves full of quilts of various color and designs.
Thousands of significant African American quilts will receive conservation and protective storage through a Save America's Treasures grant to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, in California.

Jonathan Holstein

News Release Date: September 12, 2023


WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), today announced $25.7 million in Save America’s Treasures grants from the Historic Preservation Fund. The funding announced today will support 58 projects in 26 states, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia that will preserve nationally significant sites and collections.

“These grants preserve and conserve nationally significant properties and collections to tell a more complete story of America and its people,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. “Preserving these historic places and collections ensures the generations of today and tomorrow can enjoy and learn from the diverse stories across time and place in America’s history.”

Save America’s Treasures requires applicants to match the grant money dollar-for-dollar with nonfederal funding. This award of $25,750,000 million will leverage almost $60 million in private and public investment. Buildings and collections that have previously received Save America’s Treasures grants are not eligible to receive a second grant for the same project.

Examples of the awarded grants include: 

  • The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive will undertake a conservation project for approximately 1,800 quilts, pieced fragments and textile object in its African American quilts collection, made by more than 500 individual quilters and nine intergenerational families. Conservation work will include treatments to remove microbial, mold and insect infestations, careful cleaning and rehousing of objects. The grantee is matching with $460,000.

  • The Door County Maritime Museum in Wisconsin will restore the historic tugboat, John Purves, in its collection. Built in 1919, the John Purves served the United States military in the aftermath of World War I and during World War II. For the restoration, the tugboat will be dry-docked and undergo extensive repairs to mitigate damages affecting the integrity of the hull. The grantee is matching with almost $200,000.

  • The Chilkoot Indian Association in Alaska will stabilize and rehabilitate the Noow Hit Tribal House, the last remaining Tlingit traditional structure constructed in the Chilkat Valley, using traditional Northern Tlingit post and beam building techniques. The grantee is matching with $755,272.

Established in 1977 and authorized at $150 million per year through 2023, the Historic Preservation Fund has provided more than $2 billion in historic preservation grants to states, Tribes, local governments and non-profit organizations. Administered by the NPS, Congress appropriates from the HPF to support a variety of historic preservation projects to help preserve the nation’s cultural resources and history. 

Preservation Projects receiving a Save America’s Treasures grant from NPS include:





Alaska, Haines

Noow Hit Tribal House Stabilization and Rehabilitation at Fort William H. Seward

Chilkoot Indian Association

$    744,507

Arizona, Douglas

Preservation of Historic Douglas Municipal Airport Runway

City of Douglas

$    750,000

California, Pleasant Hill

Preservation of the Poston Elementary School Site I

Poston Community Alliance

$    296,827

California, Sacramento

Rehabilitation of the Zanetta House/Plaza Hall

California Department of Parks and Recreation

$    748,747

California, San Diego

Former Naval Training Center Building 178 Rehabilitation Project

NTC Foundation

$    686,799

California, San Fransisco

Presidio Chapel Rehabilitation

Interfaith Center at the Presidio

$    750,000

California, Santa Barbara

Mission San Juan Bautista Rehabilitation

California Missions Foundation

$    750,000

California, Vallejo

Mare Island Officers' Quarters B Rehabilitation

City of Vallejo

$    750,000

Colorado, Denver

Denver Civic Center Central Promenade Rehabilitation

City and County of Denver; Parks & Recreation Department

$    750,000

Connecticut, Hartford

Historic Wallpaper Rehabilitation at the Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden

The Antiquarian and Landmarks Society, Incorporated

$    146,500

Connecticut, Stamford

Rehabilitation of First Presbyterian Church

Highland Green Foundation

$    750,000

Connecticut, Waterford

The Rehabilitation of Monte Cristo Cottage

Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Center

$    138,594

District of Columbia, Washington

Lyndhurst Swimming Pool Building Rehabilitation

National Trust for Historic Preservation in the US

$    750,000

District of Columbia, Washington

Preservation of the Gunboat Philadelphia

Smithsonian Institution

$    750,000

Delaware, Winterthur

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library Historic Gatehouse Preservation Project

Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Inc.

$    125,000

Illinois, Chicago

Rehabilitation of a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Building

VanderCook College of Music

$    750,000

Illinois, Lake Forest

Restoration of Ragdale's Arts & Crafts Garden

Ragdale Foundation

$    368,343

Kentucky, Frankfort

Preservation of Swigert-Taylor House

City of Frankfort

$    750,000

Kentucky, Lexington

Saving Benjamin Henry Latrobe’s Pope Villa

Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation

$    748,467

Louisiana, Natchitoches

Preservation of Big House and Bindery at Melrose Plantation

Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches

$    200,000

Massachusetts, Marblehead

Preservation of the Brick Kitchen & Slave Quarters of the Jeremiah Lee Estate

Marblehead Museum & Historical Society, Inc.

$    308,363

Maryland, Baltimore

Adaptive Reuse of the Ellicott City Jail

Society for the Preservation of Maryland Antiquities, Inc.

$    743,924

Mississippi, Jackson

Rehabilitation of Raymond Hall

Mississippi Department of Archives and History

$    106,237

New York, Annandale-on-Hudson

Montgomery Place Exterior Building Envelope Rehabilitation

Bard College

$    750,000

New York, Katonah

Caramoor's Window Rehabilitation Project

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Inc.

$    183,213

New York, Shelter Island

1737 Sylvester Manor House Preservation and Rehabilitation

Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, Inc.

$    750,000

Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

Preservation of Stone Barracks at Fort Gibson

Oklahoma Historical Society

$    750,000

Pennsylvania, Braddock

Braddock Carnegie Library Association Music Hall Rehabilitation

Braddock Carnegie Library Association

$    500,000

Pennsylvania, Johnstown

Johnstown Flood Museum Rehabilitation

Johnstown Area Heritage Association

$    750,000

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Moisture Remediation and Rehabilitation at Grumblethorpe and Tenant House

Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks

$    561,692

Virgin Islands, Christiansted

Christiansted Old Barracks Property Project

Virgin Islands Centre for Architecture, Crafts and Build Her

$    750,000

West Virginia, Harpers Ferry

Preservation of Armory Dwelling House #24 from the 2nd US National Armory

People Tree Ministerial Services, Inc.

$    402,440

Wyoming, Casper

Fort Caspar Historical Log Building Rehabilitation

City of Casper

$    723,500

19 states




Collections Projects receiving a Save America’s Treasures grant from IMLS include:





California, Berkeley

Conservation of BAMPFA's African American Quilts Collection

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

$  461,512

California, Contra Costa

The Arhoolie Foundation's Chris Strachwitz Collection: Processing and Digitization Planning Project

Arhoolie Foundation

$  100,649

Florida, Miami

Haitian Heritage Museum Collection- Roger L. Farnham's Photo Albums' Preservation

Haitian Heritage Museum Corp

$    39,500

Indiana, Muncie

Perseveration of Authentic Single Source Cultural Aviation Models for Collections Stewardship and Access

Academy of Model Aeronautics

$    66,000

Kansas, Independence

Project Archivist to Prepare Archival Assets for Online Dissemination at the William Inge Collection, Independence, Kansas

Independence Community College

$    49,785

Kentucky, Frankfort

Capital City Museum Collections Conservation and Rehousing

Capital City Museum

$    87,520

Kentucky, Whitesburg

Recovery, Restoration and Digitization of Appalshop's Audiovisual Collections


$  750,000

Massachusetts, Boston

Preserving American Orchestral Performance Practices of the late 19th/early 20th century

Boston Symphony Orchestra

$  257,377

Massachusetts, Plymouth

Preserving Mayflower II: A Project to Ensure the Longevity of a National Icon

Plimoth Patuxet Museums

$  163,680

Minnesota, Northfield

Women's Work: Saving Kvinden og Hjemmet and other Norwegian-American Immigrant Serial Publications

St Olaf College

$    52,109

Nebraska, Norfolk

Johnny Carson Collection Preservation Improvements

Elkhorn Valley Historical Society of

$    31,700

New York, New York

Jewish Labor and Political Archives - Preservation and access of unique historical documents and photographs

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

$  224,007

New York, New York

The Panorama of the City of New York

Queens Museum of Art

$  315,000

North Carolina, Asheville

Southern Appalachian and Western North Carolina Artworks Conservation/Preservation

Asheville Art Museum

$  151,933

Pennsylvania, Homestead

48" Universal Plate Mill Collection

Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation

$  750,000

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

The Penn Family Papers at HSP

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

$    82,280

Texas, Alpine

Preserving and Providing Access to the Texas Map Research Center

Sul Ross State University (Museum of the Big Bend)

$  200,000

Virginia, Newport News

Mariners Access Initiative: Uncovering Hidden Maritime Cultural Heritage

Mariners Museum

$  392,487

Virginia, Richmond

Addressing Immediate Threats to the Non-Living Collection at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

$  170,250

Virginia, Richmond

Increased Conservation of BIPOC Artifacts from Kingsmill

Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Historic Resources

$  176,176

Virginia, Richmond

The Executive Papers of Virginia Governor Thomas Nelson Conservation Project

Library of Virginia Foundation

$  299,217

Washington, Seattle

Henry Art Gallery: Collections Storage and Access Upgrade Project

Henry Gallery Association

$  204,415

Wisconsin, Madison

Preservation & digitization of 26 critical collections documenting those at the forefront of the civil rights struggle in the United States.

State Historical Society

$  750,000

Wisconsin, Sturgeon Bay

Drydocking of the tug John Purves

Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse

$  196,250

Wyoming, Cody

Improving and remodeling collections storage spaces at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Buffalo Bill Memorial Association

$  750,000

16 states




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Last updated: September 13, 2023