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

WASHINGTON, DC—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.


Congratulations to the winners of the grants in New York State. 

New York


Asbestos Abatement and Remediation aboard USS SLATER

Destroyer Escort Historical Museum


New York


Richardson Olmsted Campus Roofing Repairs

Richardson Center Corporation


New York

New York City

Conservation of Carnegie Hall Architectural Drawings Collection

Carnegie Hall Corporation


New York

New York City

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

New-York Historical Society


New York


Eastman Museum Colonnade Restoration Project

George Eastman Museum


New York


Restoration of Fort Ticonderoga's North Demi-lune

The Fort Ticonderoga Association



Other 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. 

“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.”


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.


To read the rest of the release, please visit the IMLS website.