Funding for Historic Preservation

Preservation Funding 

The Budget at a Glance

On Monday, February 14, President Obama sent his 2012 budget proposal to Capitol Hill, delivering a painful blow to preservationists: Two federal grant programs, Save America's Treasures, and Preserve America, were eliminated, slashing the Historic Preservation Fund by 23 percent. Read More »

Digging Deeper: An Analysis 

From drastic cut-backs to nominal bump-ups, the Obama Administration’s recent budget recommendations could affect historic preservation in a number of ways. Our analysis goes line item by line item to explore what’s at stake as these proposals work their way through Washington. Read More »

Made Possible by Preservation Funding

Historic preservation isn't just a line item in a budget – it's our shared heritage. Explore these ten places and collections that were impacted by the programs and federal funding slated to be cut.

The Star-Spangled Banner, Washington, DC

During the War of 1812’s Battle of Baltimore, Francis Scott Key witnessed an unfurled American flag above Ft. McHenry, signaling victory. Save America’s Treasures invested $3 million in federal funds and $18 million in private support to ensure the Star-Spangled Banner’s preservation.

International Civil Rights Museum, 1929 Woolworth’s Lunch Counter, Greensboro, NC

Last year, the International Civil Rights Museum opened at the restored site of the original sit-in, where in 1960, four African American students took their seats and changed history. Save America’s Treasures’ early $150,000 investment leveraged $23 million in public/private support and created over 150 jobs.

San Esteban del Rey Mission, Acoma Pueblo, Santa Fe, NM

San Esteban del Rey is the last example of 17th century New Mexico mission architecture. Save America’s Treasures’ $400,000 grant and $75,000 in private funds helped train a new generation in adobe preservation. The Acoma Pueblo also received a grant for its adobe residences, which are the longest continuously-occupied residences in our history.

Thomas Edison’s Invention Factory, West Orange, NJ

Thomas Edison worked for 44 years at the Invention Factory he opened in 1887. Thanks to a $250,000 federal Save America’s Treasures grant and another $5 million from General Electric through Save America's Treasures at the National Trust, Edison’s collections and laboratory continue to inspire.

The Rosa Parks Bus,
Dearborn, MI

In 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a Montgomery City bus. As a white man entered and needed a seat, she quietly refused. This courageous action helped spark our modern civil rights movement. Today, thanks to a $205,000 Save America’s Treasures grant, the restored bus educates visitors about this great American hero.

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado

The National Landscape Conservation System for Monuments and National Conservation Areas provided vital funding for a partial archaeological inventory in the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, which has the highest known density of archaeological sites in the nation.

Ellis Island National Monument, New York, NY

This entry point for almost 40% of America’s families symbolizes the hopes of the immigrant experience. Today, the Ferry Building has been restored as a visitor center thanks to $1.7 million in federal Save America’s Treasures grants and another $470,000 in private matching funds raised by Save America's Treasures at the National Trust.

Tonto National Monument, Arizona

Thanks to funding for Cultural Resource Programs, the National Park Service began investigating, documenting, analyzing, and treating the Tonto National Monument's primary tourist attraction - the 700-year-old Lower Cliff Dwelling. The historic ruin’s adobe walls are eroding from dampness.

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Cultural Resource Programs provided funding for field-based archeological site assessments to produce baseline data in 20 parks, including submerged sites in Dry Tortugas National Park and Biscayne National Parks in Florida.

The Last Column, National September 11 Memorial and Museum, New York, NY

The final steel structure removed from Ground Zero is a major artifact reflecting the sacrifices of many and our united strength in the aftermath. A major element of the upcoming National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Last Column is being preserved thanks to a $200,000 federal Save America’s Treasures grant.