Saving America's Treasures in the National Parks
Save America's Treasures grants have funded cultural resource projects throughout the National Park System.
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Washington Monument in the spring
photo courtesy of Robert Baker


Washington Monument
National Memorial
National Mall, District of Columbia

The most recognizable icon of our founding father and first president, the Washington Monument was awarded over $1 million in grant funds for its restoration in 1999. The major restoration, completed in 2002, included repointing exterior stones, to repair water damage, restoration of the commemorative stones, and rebuilding the lightning protection system.


Washington Monument with scaffolding

Construction at the monument began in 1848, taking 36 years to complete, delayed by politics, financing, and the Civil War.

Click here for Margaret Warner's interview with Michael Graves, the architect that designed the distinctive scaffolding used during the restoration.
Little Rock High School
Little Rock
Central High School

National Historic Site
Little Rock, Arkansas

Built in 1927, in the Collegiate Gothic architectural style, Central High was named "America's Most Beautiful High School" by the American Institute of Architects. Today an icon of the Civil Rights movement, the school became famous in 1957 by the bravery of nine African American teenagers who defied segregation. It is the only operating high school designated a National Historic Landmark.


Restoration of the interior of Little Rock High School
Bringing back the classrooms

Recieving $2.5 million in Save America's Treasures funds, the school has undergone extensive restoration, including: HVAC system, and electrical upgrades, repair of the roof, and rehabilitation of the damaged classrooms.


Click here to watch the Little Rock Nine and others as they talk about the events of 1957-1959.

 
Golden Gate
National Recreational Area
San Francisco, California
View of San Francisco Bay and Fort Mason

Golden Gate National Recreation Area was established by Congress in 1972 as part of a movement known as “Parks to the People.” Awarded a $341,000 Save America's Treasures grant in 2002, Pier 1 of Fort Mason was the last structure within Fort Mason Center in the park to be rehabilitated.


Interior of Fort Mason before restoration
Interior before
From 1910 to 1963 the area containing Fort Mason served as the Army's major West Coast point of embarkationfor American military personnel in the Pacific during both wartime and paecetime. The warehouses and pier sheds were the first army structures in the San Fransisco Bay Area built using Mission Revival style.

 A party at Fort Mason after the restoration
Interior after

A wonderful example of reuse this one-time storage shed for army supplies, Fort Mason is now a cultural, educational, and recreational center. "The Pier went from being unsightly to beautiful," stated the project manager Ric Borjes at the end of the grant work.


More on preservation in Golden Gate National Recreation Area...
Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde
National Park
Colorado


Mesa Verde National Park, also a World Heritage Site, has a recieved two Save America's Treasures grants, $356,350 for preservation of the collection of artifacts and $1.5million for conservation of the cliff dwellings.

Park ranger working on Mesa Verde




On June 29, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt established Mesa Verde National Park to "preserve the works of man," the first national park of its kind.

With over 52,000 acres, Mesa Verde preserves and protects over 4,500 archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings, and over 3 million associated objects in the research collection. In 1978 Mesa Verde received international recognition as both a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve.


More on preservation in Mesa Verde National Park...
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To learn more about Save America's Treasures and other historic preservation grants click here.
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Overlook of Georgetwon, CO

Did You Know?
Did you know Georgetown, CO passed the preservation ordinance encompassing the entire town 1970, four years before Colorado's enabling legislation. Georgetown is famous for the Georgetown Loop Railroad with its Devil's Gate High Bridge, an engineering marvel of the 19th century, and its over 200 19th century Victorian structures. more...

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