Preparation under way for preservation month
March 2, 2006
The National Trust for Historic Preservation will celebrate the second annual National Preservation Month in May 2006, and encourages citizens across the country to participate in National Preservation Month events being held in their communities throughout the month. Additionally, the National Trust is seeking submissions to its free online Preservation Events Calendar from organizations and individuals hosting events and activities that celebrate National Preservation Month.
Since the National Trust created Preservation Week in 1971 to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts around the country, it has grown into an annual celebration observed by small towns and big cities with events ranging from architectural and historic tours and award ceremonies, to fundraising events, educational programs and heritage travel opportunities.
In 2005, due to its overwhelming popularity, the National Trust extended the celebration to the entire month of May and declared it National Preservation Month – providing a greater opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states, and enabling more Americans to become involved in the growing preservation movement.
Throughout May the National Trust and its thousands of partners across the country will demonstrate the importance of our nation’s heritage as they focus on many aspects of the preservation movement including historic travel, heritage education, historic-home ownership, community revitalization, and the diversity of preservation.
To learn more about these topics or to view or submit activities and/or events to the online calendar visit the National Trust Web site at http://www.nationaltrust.org; e-mail PreservationMonth@nthp.org; or call (202) 588-6141.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America’s communities. Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Trust was founded in 1949 and provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to protect the irreplaceable places that tell America’s story. Staff at the Washington, D.C. headquarters, six regional offices and 28 historic sites work with the Trust’s 270,000 members and thousands of preservation groups in all 50 states.