On October 10th the voting period for the Partners in Preservation Chicagoland Initiative ended. Congratulations to the winner, the On Leong Merchant Association/ Pui-Tak Center!
Earlier this year American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation selected twenty-five sites of historical, cultural and aesthetic significance in Chicagoland as candidates for the Partners in Preservation program.
For a period of five weeks, you had the opportunity to cast one vote each day online for the sites that you care about, with the winning site, the On Leong Merchant Association/ Pui-Tak Center, guaranteed funding from a $1 million preservation fund.
American Express, the National Trust and an Advisory Committee comprised of local Chicagoland dignitaries are now reviewing your votes, along with each site's monetary needs, to determine how best to distribute the $1 million in preservation grants.
Grants will be calculated according to the financial support required to fulfill preservation and restoration projects at the chosen sites. Not all sites will receive funding. The final list of sites to be awarded grants will be announced in Chicago and on this website on November 13th 2007.
Partners in Preservation thanks you for your participation and encourages you to continue exploring our site and to spread the word about preservation in your community.
House approves 6 new national heritage areas, including 1 in Illinois
Associated Press - October 24, 2007 9:34 PM ET
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The U.S. House of Representatives has included a section of central Illinois in a bill that would create six new national heritage areas.
The House approved the bill today. It now goes to the Senate.
The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area would consist of 42 Illinois counties. According to the bill's language, the area would recognize and interpret the role the region played in shaping Lincoln's life.
The bill also would create national heritage areas in parts of 8 other states and extend for 15 years the authorization of 9 existing heritage areas set to expire in 2012.
The bill is H.R. 1483