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First Lady Michelle Obama Attends Announcement of a $1 Million Grant from American Express to the White House Historical

  First Lady Michelle Obama Attends Announcement of a $1 Million Grant from
  American Express to the White House Historical Association to Preserve
  D.C.’s Decatur House

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- May 22, 2013

American Express (NYSE:AXP)today announced a $1 million grant to the White
House Historical Association to preserve the historic spaces of Washington,
D.C.’s Decatur House and fund educational programming. The majority of the
funds will go towards the Slave Quarters structure at Decatur House, one of
the few remaining examples of a slave quarters in an urban setting. The
history of domestic service at Decatur House and the use of the workspaces in
the Slave Quarters are integral in the rich cultural and social history of the
property.

The grant will allow the White House Historical Association to conduct further
research to understand and promote Decatur House’s historical significance as
well as support children’s educational programs to be conducted at the David
M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at Decatur House, a
National Trust for Historic Preservation site.

First Lady Michelle Obama attended today’s event to show her ongoing support
for the use of historic buildings, like Decatur House, as educational
facilities for future generations to understand our nation’s history.

During the event, Mrs. Obama said that, “You all aren’t just teaching our
young people about history, you’re inspiring them to believe that they can
make history as well. And that’s really what history is for -- it's for the
next generation, it's for us to continue to learn and grow.”

Following her remarks, Mrs. Obama was joined by American Express Chairman and
CEO Kenneth I. Chenault, and Chairman of the White House Historic Association
Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. for a tour of Decatur House and spoke with 6^th grade
students who were participating in an immersive educational program.

“Historic buildings, like Decatur House, help to preserve our nation’s
history,” said Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and chief executive officer of
American Express. “We are very proud to join Mrs. Obama, the National Trust
for Historic Preservation and the White House Historical Association to ensure
that it will help to educate, inspire and serve future generations.”

With a long history of philanthropy, American Express is deeply committed to
historic preservation, providing more than $50 million in grants to preserve
historic places globally. Fifteen million dollars has gone to historic places
throughout the United States as part of American Express’ Partners in
Preservation program with the National Trust for Historic Preservation that
invites members of the local community to help guide where grant dollars from
American Express should go. On May 13, American Express and the National Trust
announced $1 million in grants to historic places in the Washington, D.C. area
through Partners in Preservation.

“Our goal for this National Historic Landmark site is to repurpose Decatur
House from a traditional house museum to an historic setting for active
learning and discovery. This grant from American Express will enable us to
continue research into the physical and social past of Decatur House and its
nearly 200 years of shared history with the White House,” said White House
Historical Association Chairman Frederick J. Ryan, Jr.

Built in 1818, Decatur House was the first private residence in the White
House neighborhood. Initially owned by Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr., and his
wife Susan, the house then went on to be occupied by private individuals as
well as a variety of political figures, including secretaries of state,
members of Congress, foreign and American dignitaries and a vice president.
Finally, in 1956, after being the home of the Beale family for 84 years,
Decatur House was bequeathed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation,
which saved it from being demolished to make way for new government office
buildings. In 2010, as part of a co-stewardship agreement with the National
Trust for Historic Preservation, the White House Historical Association
established the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at
Decatur House. The first of its kind, the Center houses historical
documentation, supports research efforts and provides education programs
related to the study and history of the White House.

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 www.americanexpress.com and connect with us on
www.facebook.com/americanexpress, www.twitter.com/americanexpress and
www.youtube.com/americanexpress.

Key links to products and services: charge and credit cards, business credit
cards, travel services, gift cards

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

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

About the White House Historical Association

The White House Historical Association, established in 1961, is a nonprofit
organization whose goal is to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of the
White House. All proceeds from the association’s trusts, publications and
other items are used to fund acquisitions of historic furnishings and artwork
for the permanent collection, to assist is the preservation of the public
rooms, and to further its educational mission. www.whitehousehistory.org
https://twitter.com/WhiteHouseHstry

Contact:

Media:
American Express
Caitlin Lowie, 212-640-2921
caitlin.m.lowie@aexp.com
or
White House Historical Association
Amy Weiss, 202-203-0448
Amy@Weisspublicaffairs.com
or
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Germonique Ulmer, 202-588-6475
gulmer@savingplaces.org
 
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