The National Trust Awards $228,175 to Sacred Places and Sites Telling the Full American Story

By Lizzy Barringer posted 09-02-2021 15:22

The National Trust Preservation Fund, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s small dollar grant program, has been providing catalytic funding to organizations across the country for over 50 years. One year after the National Trust implemented new guidelines for the program in response to COVID-19, organizations continue to conceptualize strong preservation projects that will support their staff, create virtual resources for their constituents, and promote the preservation of important historic sites in their communities.

In the June round, the National Trust received 98 eligible applications and awarded a total of $228,175 in grants to 47 organizations in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Read more about these projects below, and learn how you can apply to our upcoming October 1 grant round here and sign up for email reminders about our grant programs here.

June 2021 National Trust Preservation Fund Grant Recipients

Africatown Heritage Preservation Foundation | Mobile, Alabama
$5,000 to hire a web designer and social media consultant to expand the organization’s reach.

Tomales Town Hall | Tomales, California
$2,900 to support the production and distribution of a case statement for the rehabilitation of a 147-year-old community building.

City of Concord | Concord, California
$5,000 for the structural analysis of the historic Don Fernando Pacheco Adobe.

Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Historical Society | San Francisco
$8,750 to support documentation, planning, and community engagement efforts to inform a feasibility study for the Lyon-Martin House, a San Francisco landmark that recognizes the efforts of pioneering lesbian feminist activists Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin.

Alpha Gamma Omega Chapter, Inc. | Los Angeles
$5,000 to develop an updated planning study for the restoration of the Alpha Gamma Omega House.

Rocky Mountain Land Library | Denver
$10,000 to develop rehabilitation plans for the Buffalo Peaks Ranch historic bunkhouse and main ranch house.

Hinsdale County Historical Society | Lake City, Colorado
$10,000 to restore the historic Narrow Gauge Rail Car 211.

The Living New Deal | Washington, D.C.
$5,000 to support the dissemination of a map and guide to D.C.’s New Deal sites.

Empower DC | Washington, D.C.

A black and white image of a housing complex. There are four children in the foreground and a few cars parked along the street.
Barry Farm Dwellings, 1944 (cropped image) | Credit: DC Housing Authority

In December of 2019, the DC Historic Preservation Review Board gave historic landmark designation to Barry Farm Dwellings, the five buildings remaining from the otherwise demolished public housing complex in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The landmarked area includes the former home of plaintiffs in the 1954 Supreme Court case that desegregated D.C. Public Schools and the homes of leaders in the 1960s national welfare rights movement. Empower DC was awarded $5,000 to create a short film on the history evoked by the remaining buildings, which will support interpretation and advocacy efforts at the site.

American Institute of Architects Foundation | Washington, D.C.
$5,000 to support the interpretation of the Octagon as it relates to the role of the enslaved African Americans who built the site.

National Council on Independent Living | Washington, D.C.
$5,000 to write, publish, and promote lesson plans about the disability history that is now featured at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church | Washington, D.C.
$5,000 for the development of a film project that will highlight the history of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and its role in African American emancipation.

DC Preservation League | Washington, D.C.
$5,000 for the creation of a documentary film that will explore the birth of D.C.'s preservation movement in 1971 and the DC Preservation League's role over the last 50 years.

Healthy Little Havana | Miami
$5,000 for a strategic plan that will implement recommendations from the award-winning “Little Havana Me Importa” plan, which recommends a path for revitalizing Little Havana through conserving the neighborhood’s diverse architecture and cultural heritage.

Thomasville History Center | Thomasville, Georgia
$4,200 for long range, community-focused adaptive reuse planning for the Lapham-Patterson House.

Nichiren Sect Mission of Hawaii | Honolulu
$5,000 to hire a preservation architect to prepare a phased repair plan for the restoration of the former Theodore Atherton Cooke Home.

Donkey Mill Art Center | Holualoa, Hawai’i
$4,000 for a historic structure report for the Donkey Mill Art Center’s main building.

Greenstone United Methodist Church | Chicago
$2,500 for a feasibility study for Greenstone United Methodist Church’s capital campaign.

Fort Des Moines Black Officers Memorial, Inc. | Des Moines, Iowa
$3,500 to develop museum video tours and online lesson plans that will make the story of the first officer school for Black men in 1917 and for women in 1945 at Fort Des Moines more accessible to the public.

City of Eureka | Eureka, Kansas
$5,000 to hire a preservation architect and structural engineer to complete a feasibility study and historic structure report for the rehabilitation of 10 endangered historic buildings in Eureka’s downtown business district.

Preserve Anatok LLC | Bardstown, Kentucky
$5,000 for planning for the restoration of the 1847 Anatok Mansion, where Civil Rights activist and owner of the first Black Catholic newspaper, the Black National Catholic Congress, Daniel Rudd was raised.

Cave Hill Heritage Foundation, Inc. | Louisville, Kentucky
$3,500 to support a Bridge to Crafts Careers Program, which will provide specialized masonry training to low-income adults in Louisville.

Baltimore Heritage | Baltimore
$5,000 to conduct a building assessment at the Mitchell Family Law Office, where Juanita Jackson Mitchell practiced law and where she and her husband, NAACP lobbyist Clarence Mitchell, and colleague Thurgood Marshall launched Civil Rights campaigns.

First Church in Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist | Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
$5,000 to hire a historic preservation consultant to guide the church’s restoration efforts.

Boston Preservation Alliance, Inc. | Boston
$5,000 to work with Boston Public Schools students to document important neighborhood legacy businesses in Boston.

Rethos | St. Paul, Minnesota
$5,000 to implement new workshops and online videos targeted at educating and fostering a conversation around the benefits of deconstruction and its role as a historic material preservation tool.

Historic Morven, Inc. | Princeton, New Jersey
$1,300 to conduct research on the enslaved individuals who lived and worked at Morven Museum & Garden, which will be used to develop an online exhibition and augment the known information in the site’s permanent exhibition galleries.

Taos Center for the Arts | Taos, New Mexico
$2,600 to undertake a topographical survey at the Taos Center for the Arts campus for the site’s revitalization project that will create outdoor spaces for public art, performance, and relaxation.

The Archaeological Conservancy | Albuquerque, New Mexico
$3,000 to support the fencing project at LA 149, an important 17th-century pueblo that was resettled by the Spanish in the early 1700s and is located along the historic El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.

Committee to Save the Bird Homestead | Rye, New York
$2,500 to support a five-part lecture series, "Stewardship in a Changing Climate," where speakers will discuss plans and responses to climate change for nationally significant historic places and environmental resources in the Northeast.

Adirondack Architectural Heritage | Keeseville, New York
$4,400 to support a preservation trades workshop series that will help historic property owners gain an understanding of their buildings, and teach proper techniques and skills required to repair, restore, and maintain their structures.

The Landmark Society of Western New York | Rochester, New York
$5,000 to organize a six-week Window Workforce Pilot Training Program, designed to serve as a model for a long-term workforce development program in the preservation trades that will target underserved urban and rural populations.

West Rowan Neighborhood | Cleveland, North Carolina
$5,000 for the interpretation of R.A. Clement, an 1886 Rosenwald school.

New Bern Preservation Foundation | New Bern, North Carolina
$5,000 to hire a preservation architect to plan the rehabilitation of North Carolina’s first African American Masonic Lodge, King Solomon #1, built in 1870.

Historical Society of Mount Pleasant, Ohio | Mount Pleasant, Ohio
$5,000 to complete a historic structures report for the Hamlin-Bruce House, an 1845 cabin built and lived in by the Hamlins, a free African American family, and later the home of David S. Bruce, the first African American to be elected as a Delegate to the Republican Party in Ohio.

St. Paul AME Church | Urbana, Ohio
$2,500 to hire a cultural resource and preservation consultant to develop a cultural district plan for the original African American commercial and residential neighborhood in the city of Urbana, Ohio.

Billy Webb Elks Lodge #1050 | Portland, Oregon
$3,025 to complete a feasibility study for the Billy Webb Elks Lodge, which first served as the African American branch of the Portland YWCA, as well as several other uses over time for the historically Black neighborhood of Albina.

Vanport Placemarking Project | Portland, Oregon
$5,000 to undertake archaeological surveying and historical research with the goal of nominating to the National Register a former historic theater that was destroyed by a flood in the 1940s in the historically significant African American community of Vanport.

Restore Oregon | Portland, Oregon
$5,000 to support research on Oregon’s historic small businesses that will aid the creation of a statewide legacy business initiative prioritizing BIPOC-owned legacy businesses and diversifying the types of resources preserved.

American Battlefield Trust | Hanging Rock Battlefield, South Carolina

View of a battlefield with brown grasses in the foreground followed by a brown fence. Beyond the fence is a wooded area with a scattering of green and orange trees.  The sky is blue and white with a wide swath of fluffy clouds.
Landscape of the Hanging Rock Battlefield in the fall. | Credit: Brian Keeley for the American Battlefield Trust

The Battle of Hanging Rock was fought between British Loyalists and American Patriot militia and their ally the Catawba Nation. A three-hour-long battle in the August heat of South Carolina ended in victory for the Patriots and Catawba Nation. The American Battlefield Trust was awarded $10,000 for the installation of on-site interpretation at the Hanging Rock Battlefield focused on the essential role of the Catawba Nation during this critical Revolutionary War battle.

The Friends of Fort Fremont Historical Park Inc. | St. Helena Island, South Carolina
$5,000 to conduct a structural engineering survey of Batteries Jesup and Fornance located in Beaufort County’s Fort Fremont Preserve to document their condition and identify structural, safety, and preservation issues.

Blue Triangle Multicultural Association, Inc. | Houston
$5,000 to hire a consultant to assist, upgrade, and introduce interactive components to the organization’s website, offering more access to various historic collections and providing training for staff and volunteers to use the site as a tool for learning.

Sacred Heart Parish | El Paso, Texas
$500 to create a brochure for fundraising, publicity, and community education for the Sacred Heart Church restoration project, the first restoration project in the planned Segundo Barrio National Register Historic District.

Lost Shul Mural, Inc. | Burlington, Vermont
$5,000 to hire a fundraising consultant to support urgent conservation work; create plans for donor cultivation, stewardship, and communications; and carry out board training.

Woodville Rosenwald School Foundation | Hayes, Virginia
$5,000 to support efforts to identify the descendant community of the Woodville Rosenwald School and initiate conversations to develop ideas for site interpretation.

Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia | Capron, Virginia
$5,000 to develop educational workshops for younger tribal members that will focus on preserving trees, Nottoway River cleanup, farming, and soil care.

Washington State Jewish Historical Society | Seattle
$5,000 to develop an app that will support the Sephardic Tour, a tour program designed to showcase life in the original Sephardic neighborhood of Seattle.

Lizzy Barringer is the associate manager, grants & awards, at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.