Twin Cities region gets $1 million grant to preserve local historic sites

Partners in Preservation, a 10-year project of American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has selected the Minneapolis–Saint Paul region for a $1 million grant-making initiative to preserve local historic places. This is the sixth region in the country to participate in Partners in Preservation, after Chicago, San Francisco, New Orleans, Boston and Seattle.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will co-chair the local Partners in Preservation advisory committee, which is composed of civic and historic-preservation leaders.

American Express is committing $1 million in preservation grants to the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area and will be encouraging local residents to participate by voting on www.Facebook.com/PartnersinPreservation beginning on Sept. 20. From September 20 to October 12, area residents will be able to vote for their favorite historic place from a list 25 diverse projects eligible for funding. The project chosen would receive full funding with the rest of the grant funds given to a number of other sites as recommended by Partners in Preservation and the advisory committee .

Published Aug. 2, 2011