New York State Pavilion

photo by: Duncan Kendall

Partnerships That Save Places

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    The National Trust for Historic Preservation leads the movement to save places where our nation’s history happened.

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What We’re Passionate About

Cultural Site above Cedar Mesa and Comb Ridge, Utah
Tim Peterson

Telling the Full American Story

Historic preservation and the places from our past play a critical role in resolving the disparities and divisions affecting our nation. Through our partnerships, we take direct action and make transformative investments in places that tell a more complete history—with its complexities and injustices—creating space and opportunity for healing, understanding, and reconciliation.

Aerial view of Lyndhurst
Clifford Pickett

Saving America’s Historic Sites

America’s historic sites are irreplaceable. From icons of architecture to birthplaces of activists, historic sites are physical reminders of the diversity of our experiences and the history we share. They can celebrate our triumphs or challenge us to confront the harsh realities of our past. Our partnerships enable us to save threatened places, provide millions in grant funding to restore them, and empower Americans to campaign for endangered sites in their own communities.

Main Street, Wheeling, West Virginia
Ben Muldrow

Building Stronger Communities

Vibrant, inclusive communities nourish our bodies, support our families, and feed our spirits. At the heart of each lies a unique cultural heritage, one that’s inextricably linked to the historic buildings where people live, play, and work. Through our partnerships, we help community leaders unlock the potential of their historic fabric to promote prosperity, foster equity, and encourage sustainability.

Union Station, Washington, DC
David Keith

Investing in Preservation's Future

As America’s leading national nonprofit preservation organization, we are passionate about building a vigorous and growing community of champions for our nation’s historic places and equipping them with the resources and inspiration they need to advocate successfully for our past. Our partnerships help strengthen our most powerful tools for saving places and pioneer original research into the economic, environmental, and community benefits of historic preservation.

Our History and Reach

  • In 1949, Congress chartered our organization to support the preservation of places critical to the American story—a mission we have championed for over 70 years.
  • Today, we steward a diverse collection of 27 historic sites that are open to the public and define and distinguish communities by building a powerful sense of identity.
  • With 120 state and local preservation partners, and over 1,000+ accredited Main Street communities, we fulfill our mission from coast to coast.
  • We have a network of more than 1 million actively engaged visitors, followers, supporters, and advocates—an audience that grows with each of our strategic partnerships.

Our Partnerships

Ben's Chili Bowl, U Street, Washington, DC
Sara Kerens

American Express

For more than a decade, American Express has donated more than 30 million dollars to preservation projects through various campaigns, including Partners in Preservation, and more recently, the Backing Historic Small Restaurants Grant Program. These campaigns have energized local preservation efforts and generated national media recognition for American Express and the National Trust.

Odd Fellows Building, Astoria, Oregon
Leah Nash

Benjamin Moore

Since 2017, Benjamin Moore has provided more than 3,000 gallons of their high-quality paint to help restore National Trust Historic Sites and other notable landmarks for visitors to enjoy for years to come. In 2020, we embarked on a program that celebrated and preserved sites in America where women from all walks of life made history.

Our Other Partners Include

  • Airstream
  • Antique Archaeology
  • Bank of America
  • CIRCA Old Houses
  • CyArk
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Google Arts and Culture
  • Heineken USA
  • Historic Hotels of America
  • Indow
  • Iron Mountain
  • National Geographic
  • Patagonia
  • Polaroid
  • PepsiCo Foundation
  • Seagram’s 7
  • State Farm
  • Toyota
  • Unico
  • Yahoo

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