September 23, 2019

$12.6 Million in Grants Go to "Save America's Treasures"

Washington, D.C. – The National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts, announced Friday that $12.6 million in Save America’s Treasures grants will help fund 41 projects in 23 states. The funds will support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections throughout the country.

“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.”

Examples of funded projects include:

  • Conserving 17th century Franciscan Mission artifacts and records in Florida. The Florida Museum of Natural History will inventory, stabilize, and rehouse the collection of 20,500 artifacts and associated records from archaeological excavations of the seventeenth-century Franciscan mission site of San Juan del Puerto, located near modern-day Jacksonville, Florida, and will make the collections available for study through an online database, the Comparative Mission Archaeological Portal.

  • Restoring panoramic and oversized early 20th century rodeo photographs in Colorado. The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy will preserve a unique set of 120 panoramic and oversized rodeo photographs spanning the years 1919-1957. The collection documents the peak years of rodeo competition in the United States, and it illustrates the evolving image of the American cowboy, the extraordinary mid-20th century popularity of rodeo culture, and the ways in which the ideals of western American culture permeated into America's self-image. The project will clean, restore, and digitize the entire collection, making it available for display, research, and access by the public.

  • Conserving the colonial-era Beekman family coach in New York. The New-York Historical Society will conserve the Beekman Family Coach, one of only three 18th-century vehicles used in North America to survive with nearly all its original components. The treatment will remove a layer of varnish but preserve appropriate evidence of wear in order to maximize the educational value. Because much of the conservation treatment will take place in a public gallery, every visitor to the museum and library will see the ongoing work, as will those passing by the museum's street-facing glass entryway.

Congress appropriates funding for the Save America’s Treasures grants from the Historic Preservation Fund, which uses revenue from federal oil leases to provide a range of preservation assistance without expending tax dollars. The program requires applicants to match the grant money dollar-for-dollar with funds from non-federal sources. This award of $12.6 million will leverage more than $22 million in private and public investment.

The federal Save America’s Treasures program, established in 1998, is managed by the National Park Service in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, with the objective of preserving nationally significant historic properties and museum collections for future generations of Americans.

The Save America’s Treasures program has provided $328 million to more than 1,300 projects to provide preservation and conservation work on nationally significant collections, artifacts, structures, and sites. Requiring a dollar-for-dollar private match, these grants have leveraged more than $377 million in private investment and contributed more than 16,000 jobs to local and state economies.

For a list of all previously funded Save America’s Treasures projects, please view the American Architectural Foundation’s Treasure Map.

2018 National Save America’s Treasures Program Grant Recipients Direct Grants Awarded by the National Park Service



Project Title



Project Restore

Restoration of Residence A at the Aline Barnsdall Complex



Monterey State Historic Park Association

Repair of the First Theatre in Monterey



Balboa Park Conservancy

Restoration of the Botanical Building Welcome Gallery


Washington DC

Smithsonian Institution

Saving Sound recordings from Alexander Graham Bell's Volta Laboratory



Amana Colonies Historical Site

Upper South Amana Hotel Restoration




Assessing and Repairing 4 Extant Buildings at Fort Atkinson Historic District



William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum

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



United States Lightship Museum, Inc.

Preservation of the Nantucket Lightship/LV-112



Mississippi Heritage Trust, Inc.

Isaiah T. Montgomery House Restoration



The Willa Cather Foundation

Restoring Willa Cather's Childhood Home


New Jersey

Eagle Island, Inc.

Rehabilitation of the Adirondack Great Camp, Eagle Island


New Mexico

The Village of Santa Clara

Fort Bayard Museum and Education Building Restoration


New Mexico

Cornerstones Community Partnerships

Conservation and Preservation of the Casita Desiderio y Pablita Ortega


New York

Destroyer Escort Historical Museum

Asbestos Abatement and Remediation aboard USS SLATER


New York

Richardson Center Corporation

Richardson Olmsted Campus Roofing Repairs


New York

George Eastman Museum

Eastman Museum Colonnade Restoration Project


New York

The Fort Ticonderoga Association

Restoration of Fort Ticonderoga's North Demi-lune



Ohio Historical Society

Preservation of the Free Labor Store/Benjamin Lundy House



City of Warren, Ohio

Perkins Historical Property Restoration Project



Duquesne University

August Wilson House Preservation Project


Rhode Island

The Preservation Society of Newport County

Marble House Roof Restoration



Foundation for Historic Christ Church, Inc.

Remediation of Rising Damp at Historic Christ Church



Historic Petersburg Foundation

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



Fort Worden Foundation

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



Seattle City Light

Historic Concrete Rehabilitation of the Georgetown Steam Plant


West Virginia

Friends of Happy Retreat

Systems update for the home of Revolutionary Colonel Charles Washington



Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee

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



A.D. German Warehouse Conservancy, Inc.

Preservation of the A.D. German Warehouse


Building Total




Museum Collection grants awarded through an interagency agreement with IMLS:



Project Title



University of Alaska Fairbanks

Kobuk River Collection Rehousing and Stabilization



Regents of the University of California

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



San Francisco Art Institute

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



Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy

Conservation of Museum Panoramic and Oversized Photographs



University of Florida

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



Museum of Idaho

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



John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Inc.

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



The University of Mississippi

University of Mississippi Curation of Archaeological Materials and Associated Records


New York

Carnegie Hall Corporation

Conservation of Carnegie Hall Architectural Drawings Collection


New York

New-York Historical Society

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


North Carolina

Asheville Art Museum Association, Inc.

Black Mountain College Collection Conservation



Bucks County

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



University of Wyoming

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


Collections Total:




Total Awards


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