Early this morning, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced our 2010 America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places®, an annual list that highlights important examples of America's architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage.
Past lists have included such important and diverse sites as Angel Island Immigration Station in San Francisco, California; the intact western mining town of Virginia City, Montana; President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC; and the last remaining above ground remnants of the World Trade Center at ground zero in New York City.
We’re proud to say that these and many other places listed on past “11 Most” lists have been saved, thanks to the hard work of local, state and national preservationists and aided by the worldwide visibility that our annual announcement generates.
And don’t underestimate the power of visibility, as it can be a critical weapon in the fight to save an endangered place, whether it’s a national historic landmark like President Lincoln’s Cottage or a lesser known site like the oldest surviving McDonald’s in Downey, California. Once people are aware of such threats to our heritage, chances are greater that they will step up to help and disaster can be averted.
We’re hoping you’ll help us bring even more awareness to this year’s “endangered eleven.” How? It’s easy:
- Visit our website at http://www.preservationnation.org/issues/11-most-endangered. You’ll find information and videos about all of the places on this year’s list, as well as a special map where you can show your support for saving endangered places. Our goal is to get thousands of members and friends like you to visually “stand up” for historic places so that we can show elected officials and others how important it is to preserve these treasures from our past for future generations.
- Tell your friends by using our email form at http://my.preservationnation.org/site/TellAFriend?msgId=40962.1&devId=29502. The more support we can show for this year’s list, the more attention we can bring to these worthy places, which include one of our nation’s most storied Civil War battlefields and an early Negro Leagues ballpark.
Help us ensure that there will be a future for these endangered places. Make your mark on our online map and encourage your friends to do the same in support of the list that since 1988 has become the nation’s most powerful tool in the fight to save the country’s irreplaceable treasures, America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places®.
With your participation, we will succeed in our fight to save these places. Thank you for your support.