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National Park Service and Partners Announce $12.6 Million in Save America's Treasures Grants

2018 funding uses revenue from federal oil leases for preservation and conservation projects without expending tax dollars


September 23, 2019

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

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

State Project Title Grantee Funded Amount


Fairbanks Kobuk River Collection Rehousing and Stabilization University of Alaska Fairbanks $119,585.00


Berkeley Conservation of The Hawk for Peace, a Stabile by Alexander Calder Regents of the University of California $109,576.00


Los Angeles Restoration of Residence A at the Aline Barnsdall Complex Project Restore $500,000.00


Monterey Repair of the First Theatre in Monterey Monterey State Historic Park Association $194,360.00


San Diego Restoration of the Botanical Building Welcome Gallery Balboa Park Conservancy $257,668.00


San Francisco Conservation of the Lost New Deal Frescos of San Francisco's Art Institute San Francisco Art Institute $94,000.00


Colorado Springs Conservation of Museum Panoramic and Oversized Photographs Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy $95,500.00

Washington DC Saving Sound recordings from Alexander Graham Bell's Volta Laboratory Smithsonian Institution $488,150.00


Gainesville Conservation of Artifacts and Records from 17th Century Franciscan Mission Site of San Juan del Puerto University of Florida $94,734.00


Idaho Falls Conservation of the Wasden Archeological Collection Representing 15,000 Years of Native American Occupation on the Snake River Plain Museum of Idaho $172,103.00


Amana Upper South Amana Hotel Restoration Amana Colonies Historical Site $131,500.00


Des Moines Assessing and Repairing 4 Extant Buildings at Fort Atkinson Historic District Iowa $497,500.00


Rockland Restoration of Olson House, Site of American Artist Andrew Wyeth's Painting, Christina's World William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum $188,208.00


Boston Preservation, Conservation and Digitization of Kennedy Family Collection, Scrapbooks and Albums John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc. $500,000.00


Boston Preservation of the Nantucket Lightship/LV-112 United States Lightship Museum, Inc. $487,500.00


Mound Bayou Isaiah T. Montgomery House Restoration Mississippi Heritage Trust, Inc. $500,000.00


Oxford University of Mississippi Curation of Archaeological Materials and Associated Records The University of Mississippi $500,000.00


Red Cloud Restoring Willa Cather's Childhood Home The Willa Cather Foundation $415,000.00

New Jersey

Livingston Rehabilitation of the Adirondack Great Camp, Eagle Island Eagle Island, Inc. $320,775.00

New Mexico

Santa Clara Fort Bayard Museum and Education Building Restoration The Village of Santa Clara $125,000.00

New Mexico

Chimayo Conservation and Preservation of the Casita Desiderio y Pablita Ortega Cornerstones Community Partnerships $144,911.00

New York

Albany Asbestos Abatement and Remediation aboard USS SLATER Destroyer Escort Historical Museum $176,000.00

New York

Buffalo Richardson Olmsted Campus Roofing Repairs Richardson Center Corporation $400,000.00

New York

New York City Conservation of Carnegie Hall Architectural Drawings Collection Carnegie Hall Corporation $92,000.00

New York

New York City Conservation of the New York Historical Society's Beekman Family Coach New-York Historical Society $116,467.00

New York

Rochester Eastman Museum Colonnade Restoration Project George Eastman Museum $498,815.00

New York

Ticonderoga Restoration of Fort Ticonderoga's North Demi-lune The Fort Ticonderoga Association $465,000.00

North Carolina

Asheville Black Mountain College Collection Conservation Asheville Art Museum Association, Inc. $196,935.00


Mt. Pleasant Preservation of the Free Labor Store/Benjamin Lundy House Ohio Historical Society $228,160.00


Warren Perkins Historical Property Restoration Project City of Warren, Ohio $500,000.00


Doylestown Preservation of 61 (non-deed) Historical Record Books Starting in 1785 The County of Bucks $125,000.00


Pittsburgh August Wilson House Preservation Project Duquesne University $499,628.00

Rhode Island

Newport Marble House Roof Restoration The Preservation Society of Newport County $500,000.00


Irvington Remediation of Rising Damp at Historic Christ Church Foundation for Historic Christ Church, Inc. $337,500.00


Petersburg Structural Repairs, Moisture Mitigation, and Re-roofing of the Petersburg Exchange Building Historic Petersburg Foundation $350,000.00


Port Townsend Rehabilitation of Fort Worden Building 305 (Historic Quartermasters Office & Storehouse) Fort Worden Foundation $500,000.00


Seattle Historic Concrete Rehabilitation of the Georgetown Steam Plant Seattle City Light $500,000.00

West Virginia

Charlestown Systems update for the home of Revolutionary Colonel Charles Washington Friends of Happy Retreat $132,500.00


Milwaukee Renovation of "Old Main" (Building 2) National Soldiers Home Residences Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee $500,000.00


Richland Center Preservation of the A.D. German Warehouse A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy, Inc. $360,250.00


Laramie Digital Recordation of Site Records and Artifacts Recovered from the Hell Gap NHL Archeological Site University of Wyoming $260,675.00

Total Awards $12,675,000.00


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