Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Preserve Arkansas ,Eureka Springs Arkansas

It is because of this organization that Eureka Springs hold this title.  For more information please go to
By Preserve Arkansas
In Arkansas, the Preserve America program is a partnership between the Federal Preserve America initiative, the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.  There are many components of the Preserve America initiative; the Preserve America Coordinator helps communities throughout Arkansas obtain Preserve America Community designations and assists with Preserve America grant applications and administration.  
Community Agent: 
The Preserve America Outreach Coordinator position for the state of Arkansas is the first of its kind in the United States.  The Preserve America Summit was held in 2006 to mark the 40th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA); the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) issued thirteen recommendations based on issues raised at the Summit.  The recommendations focused on actions the federal government should take to enhance the effectiveness of the national historic preservation program as it moves toward 2016, the 50th anniversary of the NHPA.  Among the recommendations was to "Provide more technical assistance to local communities to promote historic preservation and heritage tourism, and explore the concept of a Preserve America Community Agent or similar mechanism to work more actively with local communities."  Read the Preserve America Summit Reports   
What are the goals of Preserve America?
·         Greater knowledge about the nation’s past
·         Strengthened regional identities and local pride
·         Increased local participation in preserving cultural and natural heritage assets
·        Support for the economic vitality of our communities  AHPP report on the economic benefits of historic preservation
What are Preserve America Communities?
Communities that protect and celebrate their heritage, use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization, and encourage people to experience and appreciate local historic resources through education and heritage tourism programs
Who can become a Preserve America Community?
Communities that meet three general criteria:
·         The community has recently supported a historic or cultural preservation project
·         The governing body of the community has adopted a resolution indicating its commitment to the preservation of its heritage assets
·         The community meets at least five criteria specified in three broad categories:
o    Discovering heritage through historic places
o    Protecting historic resources
o    Promoting historic assets
What are the benefits of becoming a Preserve America Community?
·         White House recognition
·         Certificate of recognition
·         Preserve America Community road sign
·         Eligibility for Preserve America grants (Arkansas communities have received over $1million in Preserve America grants)
·         Authorization to use the Preserve America logo on signs, flags, banners, and promotional materials
·         Listing in a Web-based Preserve America Community directory
·         National and regional press releases
·         Enhanced community visibility and pride
·         Unlimited telephone and electronic consultation from the Preserve America Coordinator
·         An ongoing partnership with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program
·         Extended services from Arkansas Tourism Division, including a free assessment of your community’s heritage resources
·         Inclusion in a statewide network of preservationists
·         Support from the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas, including assistance with Preserve America grant preparation
How much are the grants and what do they fund?
Grants range from $15,000 to $250,000 and require a 1:1 cash or in kind non federal match.  Funding can be used for research and documentation, education and interpretation, planning, marketing, or training projects in a community; projects must result from public/private partnerships and support Preserve America goals.
Preserve America grant projects in Arkansas:
Eureka Springs Backstory: Bringing the Past to Street-Level 
Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Rural Heritage Development: Survey, Research, Documentation, and Interpretation
Fort Smith: Developing a Marketing Plan for Historic Central City Properties
Osceola: Heritage 61--The Cotton Highway
Dumas: Arkansas Delta Gospel Institute Master Plan
Blytheville: Greyhound Bus Station Interpretive Project
Arkansas Historic Preservation Program: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Markers Project
Helena-West Helena: Promoting Historic Helena
For more information:
The Preserve America website thoroughly describes the initiative and provides downloadable applications, resolutions, and grant information; as well as lists of Preserve America communities and grant funded projects.

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