Press Release | Washington, D.C. | April 30, 2021

Discover the Full American Story in May: It's Preservation Month!

Join us to explore little-known chapters of our nation’s story

This May, the National Trust for Historic Preservation invites you to participate in Preservation Month through a series of online events that can help you reimagine the American experience. “Telling the Full American Story,” this year’s theme for the month, can help build a new awareness of what it means to be American by including all of the contributions and experiences of people who shaped our heritage as a nation.

Share in #TellTheFullStory preservation experiences throughout the month of May by visiting

“At the National Trust, we believe all Americans deserve to see their history in the places that surround us,” said Katherine Malone-France, Chief Preservation Officer for the National Trust. “Preservation is a powerful tool to ‘Tell the Full American Story’—and protecting and interpreting the places that make up our shared national narrative brings us together, demonstrates our respect for each other, and helps to create a more just and equitable country. This year, we look forward to using Preservation Month to highlight these stories and the many different types of places and preservation work that bring them to life and carry their legacies forward.”

Featured virtual preservation activities include:

  • A front-row seat when American Express and the National Trust announce the 25 historic small restaurants that will receive pandemic relief grant funding, as featured on NBC’s “TODAY”;
  • Learning the story of Sumi Harada, a victim of the Japanese internment in WWII, whose Harada House sheltered fledgling Japanese immigrants and changed California history;
  • Experiencing a virtual exhibition about the young, pioneering woman architect Natalie DeBlois and the Terrace Plaza hotel, which became the design standard for hotels all over the world after WWII;
  • Writing a letter as part of our campaign to help save Alazan-Apache Courts, San Antonio, Texas’ oldest extant affordable housing development;
  • Attending a talk through the President Woodrow Wilson House Speaker Series to discover how women of color transformed the suffrage movement.

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. | @savingplaces

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