Sunday, January 7, 2018

Save America’s Treasures Program Seeks Grant Applicants

save americas treasuresThe 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, is accepting applications for $5 million in matching grants to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections through the Save America’s Treasures program.

Applicants must raise project funds from other sources to match the grant money, which is awarded after a competitive review of project proposals. Eligible projects include the conservation of collections and physical preservation work to historic buildings.

All projects must be nationally significant (i.e., listed as National Historic Landmarks or at the national level of significance in the National Register of Historic Places, or a case made for a collection’s national significance).

The Adirondacks and New York State contain many sites eligible for funding.

Find more information on the grant program website. The deadline to apply is February 21.

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  1. It would be nice if the Kelly Adirondack Center (Union College) could apply for a grant. The Apperson and Schaefer Collections need to be seen as part of a national wilderness/preservation movement. Perhaps there could be a project defined in terms of digitizing the early correspondence saved by John Apperson during the period from 1900 – 1935. Many scholars have acknowledged Apperson’s role in creating an effective political organization ( lobby), but they have not had access to the primary source documents that can explain how Apperson managed to make so many friends in high places, how he became an expert in New York’s constitution (Forever Wild), and how he motivated hundreds of others to fight to protect the islands and shores of Lake George from erosion, illegal squatters, and commercial development. People don’t know that his gift of Dome Island, for example, was the first land gift to the Nature Conservancy, in 1956, establishing a trust fund of $20,000 to maintain the island in perpetuity. People don’t know that Apperson was developing the idea of creating “preservation communities” of like minded land owners, in an attempt to control development and protect the watershed, etc., as early as 1918! It seems to me that the Park Service would appreciate the value of a project to publish Apperson’s correspondence, with annotations and narrative explanations, in the form of a book as well as in the creation of a digital archive. I would love to participate in such an effort. I think that the Kelly Center has organized and made these documents available upon request, but there is a need for a team of researchers and students to dig a little deeper, and explain about all the initiatives and accomplishments of these early out-door recreation enthusiasts, who ended up becoming champions of the forests and islands.

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