Partners in Preservation

June 14, 2016Hollis BoweNPF Blog
Vote today to preserve your favorite historic sites and structures in America's national parks!

When you think national parks, you also think of pristine lakes, great plains, and jagged mountain ranges. But the National Park System is home to historic sites and structures that are part of our nation’s heritage and have an important story to tell.

Through historic preservation, we look at history in different ways, ask different questions of the past, and learn new things about our history and ourselves. Historic preservation asks, "What is important in our history?"

Now, you can show what is important to you by helping to preserve your favorite historic sites and structures in America’s national parks!

American Express, a premier sponsor of the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement, has partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to host the 2016 Partners in Preservation program.

In honor of the National Park Service Centennial, Partners in Preservation: National Parks recognizes the historic sites and structures within national parks that are important representations of our shared American history and the people and movements that tell our collective story.

Twenty historic sites in national parks have been selected to compete for $2 million in grants from American Express. You can vote for your five favorite parks everyday during the program period, now through July 5, 2016.

Here are the 20 projects that have been selected:

Denali National Park

Superintendent’s Office: The rustic, former superintendent’s office represents Alaska’s adventurous, pioneering and resourceful spirit.

Everglades National Park

Flamingo Visitor Center: The visitor center is a distinctive example of Park Service Modern architecture and the Mission 66 building program that transformed America’s national parks in the 1950s and 1960s.

Grand Canyon National Park

Desert View Watchtower: The site features historically-significant American Indian murals and offers expansive views of one of the country’s most iconic vistas.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Clingmans Dome Observation Tower: Built in 1959, as part of the Mission 66 program, the tower is the highest point in the park, offering visitors the best views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Alcatraz Guardhouse and Sally Port: Built in 1857, the site was the first permanent U.S. defensive facility in San Francisco Bay and military prison in the country.

Governors Island National Monument

Fort Jay Trophée D’Armes: Designed in 1796, Fort Jay’s arch served as the entrance to an active military fortification for 199 years and is topped by the earliest domestically carved military sculpture in the nation.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

North and South Overlooks: The memorial reflects St. Louis' role in the westward expansion of the United States and the overlooks provide visitors with a connection between the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River.

Joshua Tree National Park

Keys Ranch: The ranch tells the story of William Keys, who, despite the desert’s unforgiving conditions, first permanently settled and prospered in the area.

Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church: Built in 1922, the church served as the spiritual home of Martin Luther King, Jr. from his birth to his death, and sits at the center of America’s Civil Rights Movement.

Minute Man National Historical Park

Hargrove Barn and Parker’s Revenge Battlefield: On April 19, 1775, the opening battle of the American Revolution took place at this site.

Mount Rainier National Park

Longmire Historic District Search and Rescue House: The house was built in 1936 as part of one of the most extensive collections of Park Service Rustic architectural style in the country.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Borglum View Terrace: The terrace stands at the site of Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum’s original studio and is composed of several of the former structure’s elements.

National Mall & Memorial Parks

Columbus Fountain: Built in 1912, the fountain is positioned at the grand entrance to Union Station, making it one of the first historic sites visitors see when arriving in D.C. by train.

Pullman National Monument

Pullman Administration Building: Built in 1880 as part of the nation’s first planned model industrial town, the Administrative Building is the focal point of the community - a testament to the American railcar industry, the rise of the labor movement and the Pullman Porters’ struggle for unionization.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Mission Concepción convento and Father President’s Office: Built in 1755, the church and convento represent the largest concentration of Spanish colonial frescoes in the country and the origins of South Texas culture.

San Juan National Historic Site

San Felipe del Morro garitas (sentry boxes): Completed in 1772, the garitas served as part of the defense system at El Morro, the largest fortress in the Caribbean.

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument

Battleship Row Mooring Quay: The quay is one of the of the last remaining structures marking the location of the American battleship force during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.

Yellowstone National Park

Brink of Upper Falls Overlook: The overlook is a popular visitor destination at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, our country’s first national park.

Yosemite National Park

Parsons Memorial Lodge: Built in 1915, by the Sierra Club, the rustic landmark is one of the earliest stone buildings in a national park.

Zion National Park

Springdale, Utah

Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel and Highway: Completed in 1930, to link Zion with touring destinations such as Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon, the 1.1 mile-long tunnel was carefully designed to blend in with the surrounding landscape.

Your parks need you! So remember, visit www.voteyourpark.org to vote today and every day until July 5. Tell us what project you voted for and why with the hashtags #VoteYourPark, #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque.

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