American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to Award $1 Million in Grants to Washington, D.C. Metro Area

  American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to Award
  $1 Million in Grants to Washington, D.C. Metro Area Historic Places

         Community Will Help Determine Which Projects Receive Funding

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- April 24, 2013

History will come alive as American Express and the National Trust for
Historic Preservation bring their Partners in Preservation community-based
initiative to raise awareness of the importance of historic preservation to
the nation’s capital. This first-of-its-kind preservation effort will enlist
the help of Washington, D.C. Metro area residents, and anyone who loves the
Capital Region, to help choose which of 24 historic buildings, icons and
landmarks will receive a portion of the $1 million in preservation funding.

Beginning today through May 10, Partners in Preservation invites the public to
visit www.PartnersinPreservation.com to help their favorite historic place
earn points by voting online and via mobile, sharing with friends via Twitter,
checking in on Foursquare and capturing images using Instagram. The historic
place that receives the most points is guaranteed full funding of their
preservation project. Full details on the program terms and how to earn points
for historic places can be found at www.PartnersinPreservation.com.

At the end of the program, a Partners in Preservation advisory committee
comprised of Washington-area civic and preservation leaders will recommend how
the remainder of the preservation grants will be awarded. District of Columbia
Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Virginia Governor
Robert McDonnell are the honorary chairs for the Partners in Preservation
advisory committee.

“Washington’s historic sites reflect not only important chapters in our
nation’s history, but also the diversity and unique character of our city,”
Mayor Gray said. “Partners in Preservation celebrates these places by
encouraging the public to support their preservation and providing grants to
help ensure the sites can be enjoyed by Washingtonians and visitors to the
city for generations to come.”

“I am delighted that American Express and The National Trust have chosen to
bring Partners in Preservation to the Washington, D.C. metro area,” said
Governor O’Malley. “Maryland is rich with historic buildings and monuments
that are part of the fabric of our culture and history. Partnerships between
public, private and non-profit sectors, like this one, will ensure that these
treasures continue to be a vital part of our communities in the future.”

"American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have
selected a community for Partners in Preservation that is intertwined with our
nation's historic and cultural heritage - I couldn't be more excited to
welcome them to Northern Virginia," said Governor McDonnell. "Each of the
participating historic places in Virginia has helped to define the personality
of our community, sustain our economic vitality, and draw people from around
the country to experience our shared culture and history."

“Great cities are a reflection of their neighborhoods and landmarks,” said
Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and chief executive officer of American Express.
“The places where people work, worship and reflect often define those
neighborhoods, and our work with Partners in Preservation has taught us that
maintaining local historic places for future generations is one of the best
ways to make great cities even greater.”

“We are excited to bring this year’s Partners in Preservation program to the
National Trust’s hometown,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National
Trust for Historic Preservation. “Since its inception in 2006, the campaign
has not only provided valuable visibility and resources to historic sites, but
also presented a platform for the public to support their favorite historic
places in their community. With many diverse places of local and national
significance in the Washington, D.C. metro area, Partners in Preservation will
enable local preservationists and visitors to the Capital Region to experience
historic sites as they never have before.”

The 24 historic places in the greater Washington, D.C. Metro area competing
for the $1 million in grants are:

  *Abner Cloud House at the C&O Canal, Georgetown, D.C.
  *All Souls Church Unitarian, Adams Morgan, D.C.
  *Arlington House, Arlington, Va.
  *The Athenaeum, Alexandria, Va.
  *Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, Shaw, D.C.
  *Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office, Penn Quarter, D.C.
  *Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls, Va.
  *Congressional Cemetery, Barney Circle, D.C.
  *Darby Store, Beallsville, Md.
  *Dumbarton Oaks Park, Georgetown, D.C.
  *The GALA Hispanic Theatre at The Tivoli, Columbia Heights, D.C.
  *George Mason Memorial, National Mall, D.C.
  *Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt, Md.
  *Heyden Observatory, Georgetown, D.C.
  *The Kennel at Aspin Hill Memorial Park, Silver Spring, Md.
  *LAMB at Military Road School, Brightwood, D.C.
  *Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, Anacostia, D.C.
  *Meridian Hill Park, Columbia Heights, D.C.
  *Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Scott Circle, D.C.
  *Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va.
  *National Museum of Women in the Arts, Franklin Park, D.C.
  *Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Mount Vernon Square, D.C.
  *U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, Va.
  *Washington National Cathedral, Tenleytown, D.C.

On May 4-5, the 24 historic places will host an open house weekend for the
public to visit, learn more about and cast votes for the participating
historic places. Admission will be free or discounted, and sites will be
campaigning for votes with on-site activities highlighting their rich
histories.

About Partners in Preservation

Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in
partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards
preservation grants to historic places across the country. American Express
has made grants worth nearly $9 million through Partners in Preservation,
helping historic places in seven cities to date, including San Francisco,
Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, Saint Paul/Minneapolis and New York,
and has engaged more than a million people.

Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic
Preservation seek to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of
historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America’s historic
and cultural places. The program also hopes to inspire long-term support from
local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities. For
more information, visit PartnersinPreservation.com or
Facebook.com/PartnersinPreservation, or follow us on Twitter at
Twitter.com/PartnersinPres.

About American Express

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access
to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business
success.Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on
facebook.com/americanexpress, foursquare.com/americanexpress,
linkedin.com/companies/american-express, twitter.com/americanexpress, and
youtube.com/americanexpress.

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About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

TheNational Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately-funded nonprofit
organization, works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future.
Learn more atwww.PreservationNation.organd connect with us on
www.facebook.com/NationalTrustforHistoricPreservationandwww.twitter.com/PresNation.

Abbreviated Rules:

Program starts 12:01AM ET 4/24/2013, ends 11:59PM ET 5/10/2013. Must be at
least 13 to participate. See Terms of Participation, which govern, for
complete details. Void where prohibited.

Contact:

The Harbour Group
Audrey Chang, 202-295-8779
audrey.chang@harbourgrp.com
or
American Express
Ashley Tufts, 212-640-3193
ashley.tufts@aexp.com
or
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Andy Grabel, 202-588-6025
agrabel@savingplaces.org
 
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