America's irreplaceable historic and cultural heritage is found in national symbols like the Star-Spangled Banner, Louis Armstrong's collection of recordings and Ellis Island. It is also found in communities across the country. A local historic building or site, or a collection of historic books or artifacts that tell your community's story -- these are our treasures. From them, we can better understand who we are and where we come from.
Whether by helping to save a treasure, offering financial support or by learning from the countless places and collections that need preservation, there are many ways to get involved:
- Organize a group to save a historic or cultural treasure in your community.
- Contact your state and/or local historical society, preservation organization, library or museum to find out about preservation projects in your area.
- Hold a fundraising event to support the restoration or conservation of a local treasure.
- Make a contribution a local preservation organization.
- Volunteer to help with a preservation project.
- Involve your school or youth organization in a project to save a community or national treasure.
- Take your family to a local historic site or collection to learn about our past and inquire how you can help ensure its survival for the future.