Partners in Preservation

Created by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Partners in Preservation program has committed $19 million in support of historic places across the U.S., helping historic places in eight cities to date, including San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, Saint Paul/Minneapolis, New York and Washington, D.C. region, 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.

To celebrate community-based preservation in cities and towns across the country, the National Trust for Historic Preservation partnered with American Express in 2017 for Partners in Preservation: Main Streets—a grassroots campaign recognizing 25 historic sites on American Main Streets that contribute to the diverse fabric of their local communities.

The 11 winning historic sites, determined by popular vote, received a total of $1.5 million in grants to fund their respective preservation projects. An additional $500,000 in grants was provided to the nonprofit partners of all 25 main street communities that participated in the program to help raise awareness about their preservation needs.