Help Needed to Save ‘Save America’s Treasures’

March 11, 2010

The latest Federal Budget plan for FY11 would eliminate funding for a number of important grants for preserving heritage, including Save America’s Treasures and Preserve America. These programs have helped to preserve such varied places and things as Mesa Verde and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Papers.  Perhaps most famously, Save America’s Treasures funded the conservation of the Star Spangled Banner at the Smithsonian Institution.  You can read more about these programs and at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Nation Blog.

Please visit the AIC advocacy page or take the following suggested steps to help save these programs:

What Can You Do?

Please take a minute to write your house representatives and ask them to sign on to Representatives Carnahan and Turner’s “Dear Colleague” letter by the March 15th deadline.

It’s easy…

  1. Download this sample letter (.doc) to your representatives.
  2. Lookup their email addresses using Contacting the Congress.
  3. Send your customized email to them.

If you have written your representatives before on this issue you might want to mention that in your email. Please feel free to personalize the sample email, however you can also save time and send it as is. What is important is to contact your representatives by Friday afternoon at the latest, so that they have time to contact Representatives Carnahan and Turner and sign on to the letter.

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