Partners in Preservation Kicks off “Open House Weekend” at Main Street Sites across America

Sites Vying for Grants Invite the Public to Learn About Their
Preservation Efforts October 20 – 21 and Vote Their Main Street

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To celebrate Partners in Preservation: Main Streets, historic sites
participating in the campaign will host Open
House Weekend
events, October 20 – 21, 2018. Visitors are invited to
learn about the campaign, which focuses on sites celebrating the
nation’s diversity and the struggle for equal rights, the unique history
of each of these places and their restoration efforts. The events
feature family-friendly activities ranging from block parties and live
music to walking tours and art exhibits.

Created in 2006 by American Express (NYSE:AXP) and the National Trust
for Historic Preservation, Partners in Preservation is a community-based
partnership to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic
places and their role in sustaining local communities. To-date, it has
committed over $22 million in support of more than 200 historic sites
across the country.

The program recently
launched its 2018 campaign
, which will award a total of $2 million
in preservation grants to historic sites on America’s Main Streets. From
the counters of the Greensboro sit-ins to the “Ellis Island of the
South” in Miami, each of the sites featured in the campaign played a
role in the development of a diverse nation.

The public will determine which sites will receive funding by voting for
their favorite main streets through October 26 at VoteYourMainStreet.org,
the online voting website hosted by National Geographic Travel. Delta
Air Lines is also a campaign sponsor.

“American Express has a long-standing commitment to preserving historic
places on Main Street and the Shop Small® movement,” said Richard Brown,
vice president of philanthropy, American Express. “We hope local
communities support Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Open House
Weekend because when we support our local historic sites and districts,
we maintain diversity, drive development, preserve character, attract
visitors and propel commerce.”

“Experiencing historic sites offers an opportunity to explore the
diverse and complex past that comprises our American story, and Open
House weekend will allow local communities to do just that,” said
Germonique Ulmer, vice president of public affairs, National Trust for
Historic Preservation. “The struggle for equality remains relevant
today, and we are proud of this collection of sites that are a part of
this program that represent civil rights, labor, immigrant and women’s

More information about each Open House Weekend event is available at nationalgeographic.com/voteyourmainstreet/events.
Guests of the sites are invited to share their love for preservation via
social media using #VoteYourMainStreet.

Biddeford, ME
Hall Clock Tower

Saturday, October 20, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
City Square

Birmingham, AL
Street Baptist Church

Sunday, October 21, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Street Baptist Church, 1530 6th Avenue N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Boston, MA
Congregational Church, UCC

Saturday, October 20, 11:00 AM –
5:00 PM

Roslindale Congregational Church Sanctuary, UCC, 25
Cummins Highway, Roslindale, MA 02131

Butte, MT
Chong Tai Mercantile and Mai Wah Noodle Parlor

October 21, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Imagine Butte Resource
Center, 68 West Park Street, Butte, MT 59701

Chicago, IL

Saturday, October 20, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Incubator, 300 East 51st Street, Chicago, IL 60615

Danville, MA
Street, Danville, VA

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 10:00 AM –
4:00 PM

Bridge Street, Danville, VA

Greensboro, NC
Civil Rights Center & Museum

Friday, October 19, and
Saturday, October 20

International Civil Rights Center &
Museum, 134 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401

Kent, WA
Morrill Bank

Saturday, October 20, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
West Gowe Street, Kent, WA, and the ShoWare Center

Leadville, CO
Tabor Opera House

Sunday, October 21, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Opera House, 308 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO 80461

Los Angeles, CA
Church of the Epiphany

Saturday, October 20, 1:00 PM – 5:00

Church of the Epiphany, 2808 Altura Street, Los Angeles,
CA 90031

Memphis, TN

Sunday, October 21, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Temple, 294 Hernando Street, Memphis, TN 38126

Miami, FL
Freedom Tower

Saturday, October 20, 1:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Dade College’s Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

New York, NY
Court of the Hispanic Society of America

Saturday, October
20, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Audubon Terrace, Broadway Between
155th and 156th Streets, New York, NY 10032

Nogales, AZ
Lumber Co.

Saturday, October 20, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Community Development Corporation, 250 North Grand Avenue, Nogales, AZ

Pontiac, MI
Modern Housing Legacy Homes

Sunday, October 21, 12:00 PM –
5:00 PM

Oakland Park, 500 East Montcalm Street, Pontiac, MI

San Francisco, CA
Women’s Building

Saturday, October 20, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street #8, San Francisco, CA 94110

San Marcos, TX
First Baptist Church

Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21,
12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Historic First Baptist Church, 219 West
MLK Drive, San Marcos, TX

Seneca Falls, NY
Women’s Hall of Fame

Saturday, October 20, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Women’s Hall of Fame, 76 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148

About Partners in Preservation

Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in
partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards
preservation grants to historic places across the country.

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.

About American Express

American Express is a globally integrated payments company, providing
customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich
lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com
and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress,
and youtube.com/americanexpress.

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About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

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

About Main Street America

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic
commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today it is a network of
more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who
share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities
through preservation-based economic development. Main Street America is
a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, Inc., a
subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. www.mainstreet.org

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National
Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world
premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled
portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic
television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo
MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and
consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines;
National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms;
books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include
travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and
e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our
world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years,
and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going
further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the
world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP
returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic
Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation
and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com
or nationalgeographic.com/
, or find us on Facebook,
, YouTube,
and Pinterest.

About Shop Small®

Shop Small® is a nationwide movement to support small, independent
businesses and call attention to the valuable and distinct contributions
they make to their communities and the economy. Shop Small celebrates
small businesses ranging from retail stores and restaurants to fitness
studios and salons, and everything in between. The Shop Small movement
was spurred by the widespread participation in Small Business Saturday®,
a day founded in 2010 by American Express. This national holiday
shopping tradition is dedicated to celebrating small businesses and
driving more customers through their doors on the Saturday after
Thanksgiving. November 24, 2018 marks the ninth annual Small Business
Saturday, proudly backed by American Express. Learn more and connect
with us on ShopSmall.com,


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