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The National Trust frequently turns to grassroots supporters to help effect change at the local, state, and federal level. This includes advocating for preservation funding, saving historic places, and influencing key legislation that protects our country’s heritage. From speaking up for Historic Tax Credits to advocating locally for places in your community, join us in protecting places that tell the story of America!

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African-American Burial Grounds Preservation Act
America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2022

For many years, African American burial grounds across the nation have suffered from a state of disrepair or are inaccessible, and many remain undocumented. The African-American Burial Grounds Preservation Act (H.R. 6805/S. 3667) would authorize the National Park Service, in consultation with the National Trust and Black heritage organizations, to establish a $3 million annual grant program to aid preservation efforts across the country through research, documentation, conservation, and interpretation of historic African American burial grounds. Ask your elected officials to support the African-American Burial Grounds Preservation Act.

Stan Honda/National Park Service

Protect Minidoka National Historic Site
America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2022

In 1942, the U.S. government forcibly removed 13,000 Japanese Americans from the Pacific Northwest to what was known as Minidoka War Relocation Camp in rural south-central Idaho. Today, a proposed wind farm next to Minidoka National Historic Site could potentially create a visual wall of hundreds of wind towers and irrevocably change the landscape that still conveys the isolation experienced by Japanese Americans incarcerated there. Urge the Bureau of Land Management to protect and respect Minidoka National Historic Site and the Japanese American experience.

Minesh Bacrania

Update and Enhance the Historic Preservation Fund

For more than forty years, the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) has breathed life into long-untold stories and helped communities protect places that form our cultural identity. The Historic Preservation Enhancement Act (H.R. 6589) would permanently authorize funding for the HPF, increase its authorization from $150 to $300 million annually, and ensure $300 million is appropriated each year. Ask your representative to cosponsor and support the Historic Preservation Enhancement Act (H.R. 6589).

Sharon Roberts Hayes

National Historic Site Honoring Emmett Till and Mamie Till Mobley
#TellTheFullStory #11Most

The funeral and extended visitation for Emmett Till held September 3-6, 1955, at Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ were pivotal events in American history. Mamie Till Mobley’s insistence on an open casket funeral at Roberts Temple appalled and angered the thousands who waited in long lines to pay their respects, and helped catalyze the Civil Rights movement. Preserving and interpreting this place provides an opportunity for visitors to engage with our shared past and interrogate our present. Sign your name to support the creation of a national historic site honoring Emmett Till and Mamie Till Mobley.

Jason Keen

Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act (HTC-GO)
#HistoricTaxCredit

The Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act (HTC-GO) includes includes provisions to permanently add value to the Historic Tax Credit (HTC), improve access to the credit, and increase investment in smaller rehabilitation projects. Urge your Members of Congress to cosponsor HTC-GO (S. 2266 / H.R. 2294).