ST. PAUL, MN.-
American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation
announced that the Twin Cities area has been chosen for the community-based Partners in Preservation program, which provides preservation grants for local historic places. American Express is committing $1 million in preservation grants to the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area and will be encouraging local residents to participate by voting for their favorite historic place from a diverse group of 25 sites on Facebook.com/PartnersinPreservation beginning on Sept. 20.
The Twin Cities have a rich cultural and architectural history and we are thrilled to bring Partners in Preservation to the area this year, said Timothy J. McClimon, President of the American Express Foundation. Preserving our nations historic sites is critical to both protect the past and ensure economic viability for the future. We encourage everyone in the Twin Cities community, and around the world, to vote on Facebook for their favorite Twin Cities historic places.
The Twin Cities are the sixth location to participate in the Partners in Preservation program and receive funding from American Express. The program previously made grants for preservation projects in San Francisco, Chicagoland, New Orleans, Greater Boston and Seattle-Puget Sound.
Through the Partners in Preservation program, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express work hand in hand to bring attention and funding to important historic places around the country, said Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This year we have the honor of shining a spotlight on the Twin Cities many treasures. By rallying public support and giving away $1 million to these one-of-a-kind places, we hope to illustrate how important historic preservation is to our beloved cities and communities.
On Sept. 20, the program kicks off when American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation will announce the 25 sites eligible for voting From Sept. 20-Oct. 12, the public will be invited to vote for their favorite historic places by visiting www.Facebook.com/PartnersinPreservation. At the end of the voting period, the winner of the popular vote is guaranteed funding. The remainder of the $1 million in grants will be given to a number of the other sites after review by American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and an advisory committee.