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Save America’s Treasures and Preserve America Authorization Bills Introduced in House and Senate
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Save America’s Treasures, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preserve America, Hillary Clinton, Pete Domenici, White House National Millennium Commemoration
Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
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Website: http://www.nthp.org

Representative Brad Miller (D-NC) and Senators Pete Domenici (R-NM) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY) introduced first-time authorizations for the Save America’s Treasures (SAT) and Preserve America (PA) programs in the House and Senate this week. HR 3981 and S. 2262 formally authorize two of the most important historic preservation programs of the last 10 years, which previously “relied solely on the will of the appropriations process” and lacked “the long-term stability provided by formal authorization” according to the introductory statements of Senators Domenici and Clinton.

Senator Clinton created the Save America’s Treasures Program as First Lady nearly 10 years ago when President Bill Clinton established the SAT program by Executive Order (E.O. 13072) on February 2, 1998 as the centerpiece of the White House National Millennium Commemoration, which envisioned the program as a two-year commemorative project that would raise awareness of the nation’s heritage and inspire Americans to help save endangered historic treasures in their own communities. In the process, the National Trust was provided the opportunity to work in partnership with the White House and the National Park Service on the program to develop a competitive grant process for the SAT funding. Congressional support for SAT grants also proved critical to the program’s staying power and successful track record beyond the original two years of the initiative which resulted in SAT providing over $300 million in Federal and private funding being awarded for over 1,000 grants from 1998 through 2006. SAT funding has been instrumental in saving iconic national treasures such as the Star Spangled Banner and Lincoln’s Cottage, the summer retreat of President Lincoln in Washington, DC.

President Bush created the Preserve America program when he signed Executive Order 13287 on March 3, 2003 to promote the preservation of America’s heritage by “actively advancing the protection, enhancement, and contemporary use of the historic properties.” The initiative was developed by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in cooperation with a number of Federal agencies to foster heritage tourism, economic development, preservation planning and interpretation of our cultural resources in communities across the nation. Since 2003, 549 cities located in all 50 States have been designated Preserve America Communities, of which 140 of these communities have received a combined total of $10 million to develop planning and resource management strategies for the preservation and promotion of natural and cultural sites as part of heritage tourism efforts.

Reprinted by permission of the Public Policy Department of the National Trust


Keywords: Save America’s Treasures, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preserve America, Hillary Clinton, Pete Domenici, White House National Millennium Commemoration

Posted: November 6, 2007
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